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Waveland Clock Tower

 
 
Waveland Clock Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2016
1. Waveland Clock Tower Marker
Rendering, "New Lincoln Park Field House," 1930. Courtesy of Chicago Historical Society.
Inscription. Originally known as the Lincoln Park Fieldhouse and Carillon Tower, the Waveland Clock Tower was constructed in 1931. The English Gothic style building was designed by Edwin H. Clark and the chimes were from the Deagan Company of Chicago.
The Waveland area of Lincoln Park is part a landfill extension project which had begun in 1916, but progressed slowly. Completed in the late 1920s, the landfill enlarged the park from Cornelia Ave. northward to Montrose Ave., and included a golf course by the noted designer, E.B. Dearie. As the types of active recreation were growing in popularity at this time, tennis courts and athletic fields were also included in the extension.
The fieldhouse provided park patrons with shower, locker and rest rooms, club and craft rooms. A separate small refreshment stand building, also designed by Edwin H. Clark, was originally operated by the Brauer Co. While the field house was being designed, the Commissioners received a $50,000 bequest for the carillon towner from the estate of Mrs. Annie M. Wolforth, who died in 1926. The donation was made in memory of her husband, Jacob A. Wolforth, a member of the Chicago Board of Trade for forty years. The Wolfoths had enjoyed the chimes of a bell tower in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and wanted Chicago to have a similar carillon. The seven story tower was incorporated
Waveland Clock Tower and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2016
2. Waveland Clock Tower and Marker
into the fieldhouse design, and for seal years the chimes were played daily at regular intervals. This proved to be disruptive to the surrounding community, however, and was eventually discontinued. In 1990, a group of volunteers worked with the Chicago Park District to restore the carillon.
 
Location. 41° 57.106′ N, 87° 38.479′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker can be reached from North Recreation Drive near West Addison Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3650 North Recreation Drive, Chicago IL 60657, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kwanusila (approx. 0.2 miles away); John A. "Jack" Johnson (approx. one mile away); Graves Family Monument (approx. one mile away); Joseph R. Scott (approx. one mile away); Allan Pinkerton (approx. 1.1 miles away); Louis Henri Sullivan (approx. 1.1 miles away); Earl Seymour Wharton Reebie (approx. 1.1 miles away); Claude Seymour Reebie (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
More about this marker. The Waveland Clock Tower is in Lincoln Park.
The marker is duplicated on both sides of the sign.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Waveland Clock Tower image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2016
3. Waveland Clock Tower
Waveland Clock Tower and Fieldhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2016
4. Waveland Clock Tower and Fieldhouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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