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Lucy's Playhouse at Haskell Park

12th and Henry St. Alton IL 62002

The Haskell Playhouse was built for Lucy Jane Haskell, daughter of William A. and Florence Hayner Haskell, by her grandfather, John E. Hayner, wealthy financier and philanthropist. The grandfather reportedly commissioned Alton architect Lucas Pfeiffenberger to design and build the playhouse for Lucy in 1885.

The playhouse was a gift for Lucy on her fifth birthday. It consisted of a single room measuring fourteen by sixteen feet. There is a large front porch and a small back porch on the south side of the house. Inside there is a large wall cabinet with glass doors for the placing of dolls and toys on the shelves. The house also has stained glass windows and ornamental iron work on the roof, plus gingerbread woodwork around the windows and porches.

The playhouse is available for two hour parties, limited to eight guests. The fee is $30 per party. China and linens are also available for rent.

For reservations and information, call Carolyn Dooley at 465-3026

The Haskell Playhouse is a National Register Historical Landmark.


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updated: Nov, 16, 2010

200 W. Third Street | Alton, IL 62002
Suite 200