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Bennett and Main Sts.

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Historic Name:Mellen City Hall
Reference Number:79000341
Location (Address):Bennett and Main Sts.
Mellen City Hall
Bennett and Main streets
Mellen, Ashland County
Architect: Henry Wildhagen
Date of Construction: 1896

City Hall is an imposing presence in the small town of Mellen, where its central location symbolizes its local importance. An octagonal bell tower, whose ogee-arched open belfry, enclosed with a turned wood balustrade, houses an operable bell.

Mellen City Hall was the first building in the community to house city government offices such as civic, fire and police. It was also the focus of many social, educational and cultural events in the large open second floor room called the "Opera House." In 1927 a local woodsman helped establish a community library here that has since occupied the building.

The city hall appeared in a 20th Century Fox movie, Hemingway's Adventures as a Young Man, released in 1962. It was selected as a location for this film adaptation of Hemingway's semi-autobiographical "Nick Adams" stories because of its Midwest village charm.

The building continues operate as city hall. It also houses the Mellen Historical Museum, 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: City Hall
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Wildhagen & Reteauhaus
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:09/20/1979
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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