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Alton in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Haskell Playhouse

 
 
Haskell Playhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2019
1. Haskell Playhouse Marker
Inscription.  This unique Queen Anne style playhouse was built in 1885 for five year old Lucy J. Haskell, daughter of Dr. William A. and Florence Hayner Haskell. It is believed Lucy's grandfather, John E. Hayner, commissioned prominent local architect, Lucas J. Pfeiffenberger, to design the playhouse. In 1889, at age nine, Lucy died of diphtheria. After Florence Haskell's death in 1932, the Haskell family gave the estate to the City of Alton for educational and recreational purposes. The playhouse was to be retained in memory of Lucy J. Haskell, designated a National Register Historic Landmark in 1974.
 
Erected 1989 by Alton Park and Recreation Commissions and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureWomen. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 53.919′ N, 90° 10.579′ W. Marker is in Alton, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker is on Henry Street north of East 12th Street
Haskell Playhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2019
2. Haskell Playhouse Marker
The playhouse is in the background.
, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1211 Henry Street, Alton IL 62002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lyman Trumbull House (within shouting distance of this marker); Scott Bibb and the Alton School Desegregation Case (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Alton & Sangamon Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ryder Building (approx. ¾ mile away); Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Alton (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lincoln-Douglas Debates! (approx. 0.8 miles away); Miles Davis (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alton.
 
The Lucy Haskell Playhouse image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2019
3. The Lucy Haskell Playhouse
Additional marker on the grounds of the playhouse.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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