801 Werner Allen Blvd | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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801 Werner Allen Blvd

Architecture and History Inventory
801 Werner Allen Blvd | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Hatten Memorial Stadium at Hatten Recreation Park
Other Name:Hatten Memorial Stadium
Reference Number:110064
Location (Address):801 Werner Allen Blvd
City:New London
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1935
Survey Date:1979
Historic Use:stadium/arena
Architectural Style:NA (unknown or not a building)
Structural System:
Wall Material:Stone - Unspecified
Architect: Works Project Administration
Other Buildings On Site:Y
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name:Not listed
National Register Listing Date:
State Register Listing Date:
Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.

WPA project wall around whole park, also several stone park structures, bridges, gateposts.

Seeking to put Americans to work again during the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration in 1935 and appointed Harry Hopkins its first head. At the WPA’s inception, Hopkins explained the reasoning behind it: “Give a man a dole and you save his body and destroy his spirit. Give him a job and pay him an assured wage, and you save both the body and the spirit.” Over the course of its seven-year existence, the WPA employed more than eight million Americans--about one-fifth of the country’s entire work force. They built 2,500 hospitals, nearly 6,000 schools, 350 airports, 8,000 parks, and hundreds of thousands of miles of roads. In the process, the workers rebuilt their own pride and restored their communities’ faith in the future.

Rural America was especially hard hit by the Depression, so the WPA undertook many projects to spruce up small towns and put their people back to work. New London’s Hatten Memorial Park was typical. Under WPA direction, and with the federal government footing a percentage of the bill, local residents built picnic shelters, restrooms, a lagoon with footbridges, gateways, a retaining wall, and other park features. But the most impressive facility they built was Hatten Memorial Stadium. This structure, though designed to accommodate local baseball games and other athletic events, looks more like a medieval fortress from the outside, with its random-coursed limestone walls and its four parapeted, round-arched entry portals behind the grandstand.

William Hatten, a wealthy lumber baron, donated $10,000 to the city for the stadium, on condition that it be named for him.
Bibliographic References:Gateposts. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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