Melvin R. Laird
The Laird Foundation for Historic Preservation
The Laird Foundation for Historic Preservation is a charitable and educational foundation whose purpose is to:
- Develop educational programs of interest to the general public and to student populations in the Marshfield area.
- Arrange for the public exhibition of art, textiles, and archival materials.
- Establish an endowment for the preservation and maintenance of historic places owned by the foundation, such as the Laird House.
- Provide support and assistance for the charitable and educational activities of the New Visions Gallery.
About The Laird House
The Laird House has been listed in the Marshfield Municipal Register of Historic Places by action of the Common Council upon nomination by the Marshfield Historic Preservation Committee. The listing recognizes the distinctiveness of Laird House's architectural features including the classical and colonial design motifs such as the Corinthian columns, the elaborated entrance portico, and the spindled balconies.
The listing recognizes the contributions and careers of Helen Connor Laird and Melvin R. Laird, Sr. The house was the childhood home of their four sons, the most famous of whom is Melvin R. Laird, Jr. The listing also recognizes the skilled artisans who have labored to maintain the house, now nearing the century mark.
In 1992, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
How to Contact The Foundation
For more information about the Laird Foundation for Historic Preservation, contact Helen Laird - Secretary Treasurer, at: (715) 384-8905.
Learn about the Helen Connor Laird Fine Arts Building at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield