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Haskell Playhouse, Alton

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The Haskell Playhouse is a children's playhouse located in Haskell Park in Alton, Illinois. Dr. William Abraham Haskell, a physician and one of the wealthiest residents of Alton, commissioned the playhouse as a present for his daughter Lucy's fifth birthday in 1885. Architect Lucas Pfeiffenberger designed the playhouse in the Queen Anne style. The house's design features a raised front porch with a projecting entrance, diagonal stickwork on the porch and first floor, and fishscale shingles on the second-story gable ends. An ornamental iron fence with a small spire tops the house's hipped roof. Lucy Haskell died of diphtheria four years after her playhouse was built, and by 1916 her mother Florence (Hayner) Haskell was the only surviving Haskell still living in Alton. Florence demolished the family's home that year but kept the playhouse as a memorial to her daughter; she donated the land to the city to serve as a memorial park.
The playhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 30, 1974.
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  • This house was built for a little girl for her birthday by her wealthy family. Unfortunately she died soon after. Every year on her birthday they have a party in her honor at her playhouse. 
    This house was built for a little girl for her birthday by her wealthy family. Unfortunately she died soon after. Every year on her birthday they have a party in her honor at her playhouse.  more »
  • Area top musicians perform weekly themed concerts often featuring guest soloists during the summer. With a play ground nearby, there is plenty of room to run and play for kids. Bring a lawn chair... 
    Area top musicians perform weekly themed concerts often featuring guest soloists during the summer. With a play ground nearby, there is plenty of room to run and play for kids. Bring a lawn chair...  more »
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  • It's beautiful. Would love to see the inside & maybe even see the inside of the main house if possible.
  • Amazing park for walking up and down hills or kids to play at.

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