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Property Name West Bay Club
Reference Number 14000385
State WI
County Bayfield
Town Bayfield
Street Address Sand Island
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/6/2014
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The West Bay Club is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Criteria C and A. It is eligible under Criterion C in the area of Architecture as an intact example of early 20th century Rustic architecture designed by architects Charles W. Buechner and Henry Orth. The West Bay Club is also significant under Criterion A in the area of Entertainment/Recreation as an example of two important trends in outdoor recreation in Wisconsin: the shared ownership of recreational property and the evolution toward ready access by the general public to outdoor recreational activities that had previously been the domain of the wealthy. As noted in Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin, recreation is a primary theme in the evaluation of the state's historic resources. In 2002 the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) approved a consensus determination of eligibility for the property under Criteria C and A. The period of significance, 1913-1954, encompasses the years when six families joined together to develop the West Bay Club until 1954, the year when the last of the original families relinquished their ownership.

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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria