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Pine St. and Flambeau Ave.

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Historic Name:Fifield Town Hall
Reference Number:78000339
Location (Address):Pine St. and Flambeau Ave.
Old Fifield Town Hall
Southeast corner of Pine Street and Flambeau Avenue, Fifield, Price County
Builder: Theodore Ristin
Date of Construction: 1894

The Old Fifield Town Hall was the center of community life in the once booming logging region surrounding Fifield. The current Town Hall replaced an earlier building destroyed by the Fifield fire of 1893.

The building was the community's social and political focal point. All government services were carried out in the Town Hall. The first floor consisted of town offices, a two-cell jail, and a 'clerk's room.' This room contained a vault for town records. It also served as a courtroom, a marriage hall, a funeral hall, and often a temporary morgue until the county coroner arrived.

A staircase leads to the former 'opera house' on the second floor, a large room with an ample stage and scrolled stenciling on plaster walls. The room was used for church services, school sessions, graduations, local plays, masquerades, and fancy balls. A second story balcony also served as a podium for political speeches and announcements.

Once the scene of political rallies, elections, and attendant celebrations, it serves today as a local historical museum run by the Price County Historical Society. It is open during regular hours.

Period of Significance:1875-1899
Area of Significance:Politics/Government
Area of Significance:Social History
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Government: Courthouse
Historic Use:Government: Correctional Facility
Historic Use:Social: Meeting Hall
Historic Use:Government: City Hall
Architectural Style:No Style Listed
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:02/17/1978
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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