Fischer, Joan (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Volume 51, Number 3 (Summer 2005)
Hayes, Paul G.
Hallowed ground, pp. 29-36
0 a11 eria This is a corner view of the Ward Memorial Theater (1881). Until a separate chapel was built in 1889, the theater also served as a religious center. A ticket window at the rear sold passenger tick- ets for a rail line connecting with Chicago and Madison that stopped at the Soldiers Home. The tracks remain and are occasionally used. The theater was used for 80 years for vaudeville, minstrel, variety, and serious drama. The Ward Theater, named for Horatio Ward, a banker who created an endowment for such memorial halls around the country, is the only campus building officially on the National Register of Historic Places. Other buildings are "list eligible." 36 SUMMER 2005 WISCONSIN ACADEMY REVIEW 7- Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett is interested in the Soldiers Home grounds. In his State of the City address in February, Barrett said he was pre- pared to lead a community-wide plan- ning effort for the land, especially 34 acres south of Miller Park, that could be used for development. "My goals," he said, "are to preserve a priceless his- toric asset, create jobs through new high-tech and biotech development, and honor our veterans." * Paul G. Hayes, a veteran science writer and journalist with the Milwaukee Journal, is a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He also served for many years as an officer on the Wisconsin Academy's board of directors.
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