Haskell Birthday Celebration -Alton, IL


Special Event
Open House at Haskell Playhouse

Alton, Illinois

Monday, July 29, 2019


Location: Haskell Playhouse, 1211 Henry Street, Alton, IL

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019

Times: 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Description: Since 2003 Lucy Haskell’s Birthday Celebration has been a beloved free Alton event. Celebrate Lucy’s at Haskell Park! This annual observance features pony rides, free ice cream, cake and cupcakes, lemonade, music by members of the Alton High Orchestra, Victorian games and some of the young women who have portrayed Lucy at previous celebrations.

About the Haskell Playhouse: This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. Its importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures for children have survived. The playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. Sadly, Lucy died in 1890 at age nine of black diphtheria. Mrs. Haskell died in 1932 leaving her home, six acres of land, including Lucy’s playhouse, to the City of Alton stipulating that the land never be subdivided and always be called Haskell Park. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.


For more information call 618-463-2235

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