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Property Name Gregg Park
Reference Number 13000756
State Indiana
County Knox
Town Vincennes
Street Address 2204 Washington Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/25/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, SOCIAL HISTORY, ENTERTAINMENT /RECREATION
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000756.pdf
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Gregg Park is significant at the local level under Criterion C for its architecture, particularly the attractive limestone shelterhouse and outstanding bandshell/ grandstand, both of which embody park structures typical of the Works Progress Administration and which demonstrate the innovative ideas often found in them. The WPA built approximately a dozen bandshells in the state, few of which are used today and some of which have been demolished. This is certainly one of the two most attractive examples in the state (the other being the larger one in Otis Park in Bedford) and the only one to include a grandstand on the opposite side of the structure. The architects were Sutton and Routt, a prominent Vincennes firm that worked on the designs of other WPA projects, but apparently only one other park, Kimmell Park, a mile northwest of Gregg. The district is also significant under Criterion A in the areas of social history, for its association with New Deal work programs, and in the area of entertainment/recreation. Gregg is certainly one of the finest parks in the state developed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal work program that achieved great success in Indiana. While the original Rainbow Beach, the unique circular swimming pool surrounded with sand, is long gone, most of the other prominent original features constructed by the WPA are intact, as is the entrance that was built using Public Works Administration (PWA) funding. Gregg Park was a popular recreation site even from its modest beginnings in 1931, where people flocked to gather and picnic amidst its freshly planted trees and flowers. With the construction of the swimming pool, bandshell, and shelterhouse, the park soon became the top recreation spot in the city, headquarters for the municipal band and horseshoe leagues, among others, and the location of numerous organized classes and outdoor activities.

 

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