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Clarence Hatzfeld (1873 – 1943) was a prolific architect who designed many handsome residential, commercial and public buildings in Chicago including well over a dozen park field houses. Hatzfeld graduated from St. Ignatius College (now Loyola University) and trained under architect Julius Huber. He then worked as an architectural draftsman for the Chicago Board of Education under the direction of two acclaimed architects, William B. Mundie and Dwight Heald Perkins. In 1905, he and another draftsman, Arthur Knox, formed their own firm. Hatzfeld’s brother-in-law, Albert Haentze, a successful Chicago developer, often hired them to design buildings for his real estate ventures such as the Villa District.
In 1913, Hatzfeld & Knox designed the Independence Park Field House. They split up a couple years later, but Hatzfeld continued receiving commissions for many other field houses particularly on the north and northwest sides. His large collection of park buildings includes Portage, Green Briar, Sauganash, Jefferson Memorial, and River Parks. Most of these are red brick structures rendered in a simplified version of the Prairie style or in historical revival styles. Hatzfeld’s Indian Boundary Park field house is a Tudor Revival style building with many Native American-inspired details and elements.