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City Hall Apartments (Merrill City Hall)

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1889, T. D. Allen. 715 E. 2nd St.

For this city on Wisconsin’s logging frontier, Allen created a colorful city hall. The cream brick foundation, red brick walls, and quarry-faced stone lintels create a polychromy that is characteristic of Queen Anne design, as are the towers, projecting pavilions, bay windows, and horseshoe arches. An octagonal clock tower soars above the roofline—the clock face was added later. Over the arched entrance between the five-story clock tower and a two-story tower, a recessed balcony with an iron railing provided a podium for speeches and announcements by city officials. The town hall also housed the public library, one of the first three established in northern Wisconsin, and was used for community services and organizations, including English language classes for immigrant loggers and their families.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.
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Marsha Weisiger et al., "City Hall Apartments (Merrill City Hall)", [Merrill, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WI-01-LI2.

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 316-317.

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