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717 E. 2nd St.

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Historic Name:Merrill City Hall
Reference Number:78000117
Location (Address):717 E. 2nd St.
Merrill City Hall
717 East 2nd Street, Merrill, Lincoln County
Architect: T.D. Allen
Date of Construction: 1889

Pioneers carved the city of Merrill out of the forested wilderness of northern Wisconsin. In 1889, community leaders constructed Merrill City Hall as a symbol of civic pride and as a focus of community life. All of city government, as well as a variety of social and humanitarian services, took place in the building. One of the first libraries in northern Wisconsin was opened in city hall in 1891. The library also formed an early traveling library, sending books to small towns and lumber camps throughout the county. Other services housed here included the City Nurse Service, the Merrill City Band, Red Cross, Humane Society and the Chamber of Commerce.

Built with elements of the Ricahrdsonian Romanesque style, this imposing civic monument is the focal point of Merrill's main street. Elaborate towers decorate the building. A framed turret adorned with Moorish arches crowns the tall octagonal tower at the fa├žade. The curved balcony above the front entrance served as a podium for speeches and announcements.

After facing demolition, a developer converted the vacant building into 17 unique apartments using the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit. The building is not open to the public. Please respect the privacy rights of the residents.

Period of Significance:1888-1889
Area of Significance:Politics/Government
Area of Significance:Social History
Applicable Criteria:Event
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:07/12/1978
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:1
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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