Jefferson Park (Chicago)

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Jefferson Park
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Jefferson Park with a view of the fieldhouse designed by Clarence Hatzfeld
Jefferson Park (Chicago) is located in Illinois
Jefferson Park (Chicago)
Location 4822 N. Long Avenue Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°58′6″N 87°45′49″W / 41.96833°N 87.76361°W / 41.96833; -87.76361Coordinates: 41°58′6″N 87°45′49″W / 41.96833°N 87.76361°W / 41.96833; -87.76361
Area 7.2 acres (2.9 ha)
Built 1921
Governing body Chicago Park District
MPS Chicago Park District MPS
NRHP Reference # 06000679[1]
Added to NRHP August 8, 2006

Jefferson Park is a 7-acre (2.8 ha) park in the Jefferson Park community area of Chicago, Illinois on the National Register of Historic Places.

Park features[edit]

The park is equipped with two baseball fields, one combination football/soccer field, three tennis courts, one playground and a spray pool and a full outdoor swimming pool with dressing facility. Each summer, hundreds of residents stroll the park grounds for “Jeff Fest,” a Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce-sponsored outdoor community festival featuring local food, vendors and bands. The all-volunteer Citywide Orchestra practices at Jefferson Park and performs seasonal concerts for the community.

History[edit]

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Park is named in honor of the drafter of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson. The park was long referred to as simply Jefferson Park until the park received the memorial park designation in 1999 to distinguish it from a second park of the same name. This Jefferson Park was the creation of the Jefferson Park District, one of 22 park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. The Jefferson Park District was established in 1920 to provide neighborhood parks for the rapidly developing northwest side of Chicago. Located on the site of the former Esdohr farm, land acquisition for the park began in 1921 and continued through 1929 when most of the park had been landscaped.[2]

In 1930, the park district constructed an athletic field and a fieldhouse designed by Clarence Hatzfeld whose architectural firm of Hatzfeld and Knox would later design many of the Prairie and Craftsman-style bungalows in the nearby Villa District by historic St Wenceslaus. The brick fieldhouse is graced with several historic paintings, including an anonymous portrait of Thomas Jefferson, a depiction of a Viking ship replica by artist Emil Biorn, and Columbus Sighting Land by L. Caracciolo.

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