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Jump River Town Hall (McKinley Town Hall)

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1915, Purcell and Elmslie. N8869 Bridge Dr.
  • (Photograph by Paul J. Jakubovich, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

The noted Minneapolis firm of Purcell and Elmslie designed this simple rectangular Prairie Style building, the smallest public building in their body of work. Thin, horizontal battens and bands of double-hung windows running beneath the deep extending eaves emphasize the lines of the horizon. On the front and rear facades, trapezoids with battered edges rise above the roofline, hiding the gable ends in a manner reminiscent of false fronts. A small entrance porch features a slightly peaked roof supported by a single board-and-batten pier ascending through the center of a wing wall. The interior encompasses two offices, one for the town clerk and the other for the town board. This building began its life as the McKinley Town Hall, but after 1929 the state legislature created the Town of Jump River from the Town of McKinley, and the building’s name changed.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.



Marsha Weisiger et al., "Jump River Town Hall (McKinley Town Hall)", [Sheldon, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 315-315.

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