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Alder Ledell Zellers

Alder Ledell Zellers

Home Address:
510 N Carroll St
Madison , WI 53703

Phone: 608-417-9521
Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Breese Stevens Field included on the National Register of Historic Places

November 25, 2014 10:08 AM

Breese Steven Field was accepted for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places by the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board on November 21, 2014. The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation.  The following description is from the nomination request form:

"Breese Stevens Municipal Athletic Field is located at 917 East Mifflin Street, just eight blocks east of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. The field encompasses 4.53 acres of land (an entire city block) in an area which supports 19th and 20th Century residential homes and light industry. It is bound on the south by East Washington Street, on the east by North Brearly Street on the north by East Mifflin Street and on the west by North Paterson Street. The most prominent features of the Breese Stevens Municipal Athletic Field is the C-shaped 1925 Claude and Starck canted angled brick grandstand, the 1934 CWA concrete bleachers and 1934 CWA perimeter stone wall. The grandstand rests within the west, southwest and northwest portions of the field, bordering North Paterson Street. The concrete bleachers extend east from the east facing edge of the grandstand, paralleling East Mifflin Street.

In 1934, the Civil Works Administration made several additions to the field. A large span of concrete bleachers was built on the north portion of the field. The rear wall of the bleachers is an imposing twenty-foot high sandstone wall. The wall is clad with rough-cut sandstone laid in a random ashlar style. At the east end of the bleachers the stonewall drops to a height of eight-feet and continues around the field as a perimeter wall. The CWA project also made changes to the exterior brick wall of the grandstand. The original small arched windows were removed and larger windows identical to those found on the north wall of the bleachers were added.

Breese Stevens Municipal Athletic Field is the oldest city owned and operated athletic field in the City of Madison. It is also the oldest extant masonry grandstand in Wisconsin. This facility has been in continuous use since its opening day on May 5, 1926. Very diverse venues have been held within the facility ranging in nature from baseball to circuses. Currently, Breese Stevens Municipal Field is host to soccer and rugby games and tournaments. The 1925 grandstand, 1934 CWA bleachers and perimeter stone wall have been painstakingly restored while retaining a high degree of historic integrity."

District 2 is a special part of the city with many unique and special buildings and neighborhoods.  It is great having this additional recognition of Breese Stevens Field.  If anyone would like a copy of the full nomination form/information, please let me know.

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