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Property Name Kimmell Park
Reference Number 13000757
State Indiana
County Knox
Town Vincennes
Street Address 2014 Oliphant Drive
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/13000757.pdf
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The Kimmell Park Historic District is significant at the local level under Criterion C for its architecture, the attractive limestone shelterhouse and picnic patios that embody WPA park structures. The circular patios with the seating and built-in fireplace ovens are unusual; only one other park in the state, Otis Park in Bedford, also a WPA project, has anything that is even similar in concept. 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, Gregg Park, a mile southeast of Kimmell. The district is also significant under Criterion A in the areas of social history, for its association with the Works Progress Administration, and entertainment/recreation. Kimmell is one of the finest parks in the state entirely developed by the WPA, a New Deal work program that achieved great success in Indiana. Most of the prominent original features are intact. From its promising beginnings in 1938 as a park designed to take advantage of its site along the beautiful Wabash River, Kimmell was very popular. In its early decades, the park was the site of numerous large gatherings. Camping was encouraged and continues to this day. Despite the ravages of flooding and vandalism, Kimmell continued to be and is still a popular place to fish, launch a boat, picnic, camp, or simply watch the river go by.

 

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