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4435 W MARION | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Parklawn
Other Name:Parklawn
Reference Number:111218
Location (Address):4435 W MARION
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Year Built:1936
Survey Date:1980
Historic Use:apartment/condominium
Architectural Style:Colonial Revival
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Wall Material:Brick
Architect:Herbert Tullgren
Other Buildings On Site:0
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Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. The site file also contains documentation and correspondence relating to Memorandum of Agreement stipulations as well as Determination of Eligibility documentation. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation-Public History.

Park Lawn is one of the several WPA (Works Progress Administration) public housing projects built nationally during the mid 1930's. Constructed in 1936 under the administration of Mayor Daniel W. Hoan it was founded by a loan of $2.8 million from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. Originally planned as slum clearance for inner city renewel this alternative was rejected because of court orderd injunctions against federal dondemnation of private property. It was decided to concentrate on low cost housing in an outlying section of the city. A site of 42 acres was selected on the far northwest side of town at a cost of $89,400. Bids for the project were opened in October of 1935 and the contract was granted to Goerge A Fuller Co., Chicago. Landscaping contract was awarded to Robert Bruce Harris of Chicago. The Allied Architects of Milwaukee was commissioned to design Parklawn. A total of 64 fire-proof buildings were built, providing 518 unitsof three, four, and five room rentals.
Precedent for the design, layout and concept of Parklawn can be seen in the British Garden City Movement of the early 20th century. Inspired by writings of Englishman Ebenezer Howard, the garden towns of Letchworth (1904) and Welwyn (1920).
Bibliographic References:Milwaukee Journal 2/23/1944. "Parklawn, Milwaukee, Wisconsin" The Architectural Record, May 1937, vol.81 No. 5 BT 23 Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, Housing division of Parklawn, Mil. 1937 Milwaukee Journal, 12/6/35 Wisconsin Architectual Archive Osborn, F.J. Green-Belt Cities, the British Contribution, 1946
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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