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Breese Stevens Field

 
 
Breese Stevens Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
1. Breese Stevens Field Marker
Inscription. Madison's oldest sports park is named for Breese Stevens (1834-1903). A New York native, he came to Wisconsin in 1856 to look after family landed interests. Stevens became Mayor of Madison in 1884, UW Regent in 1891, and Doctor of Law in 1902.

Until the mid-1960s, this was the only city park with lights. Almost all major outdoor events took place here, including major and minor league baseball, all Madison high school football games and midget car racing.

The city purchased the land in 1923 and built the brick grandstand in 1925. The exterior surrounding stone wall was built in 1934 with quarry rock from Hoyt Park.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 43° 4.96′ N, 89° 22.403′ W. Marker was in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker was at the intersection of North Paterson Street and East Washington Avenue, on the left when traveling south on North Paterson Street. Touch for map. The marker has been replaced by a Madison Landmarks Commission marker with the same subject but a different focus. Marker was at or near this postal address: 917 East Mifflin Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Breese Stevens Field
Breese Stevens Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
2. Breese Stevens Field Marker
View of the southeast corner of the field. The marker is on the wall at the left.
(here, next to this marker); Ceramic Arts Studio of Madison (approx. ľ mile away but has been reported missing); City Market (approx. 0.3 miles away); Biederstaedt – Breitenbach Grocery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Badger State Shoe Factory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas / Hill Grocery and Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Here was Madisonís first African-American neighborhood (approx. 0.3 miles away); Madison Gas & Electric Company Powerhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Breese Stevens Field. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This athletic facility was built on a block sold to the City of Madison in 1923 by the widow of former Madison Mayor Breese J. Stevens. The City hired local architects Claude and Starck to design a stadium for the new field in 1925. The stone walls were constructed in 1934 by the federal Civil Works Administration, the same year lighting towers were erected. During its early years the field was used for most outdoor high school athletic
Breese Stevens Field image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
3. Breese Stevens Field
The field and stands.
events and for minor league baseball. In 1982 a rehabilitation project converted it to a soccer facility."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers for buildings designed by Claude & Starck, and for the Stevens house.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSports
 
Detail on Breese Stevens Field Wall image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
4. Detail on Breese Stevens Field Wall
The mark of the Civil Works Administration on the southeast wall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 716 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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