Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 27, 1987):
This wooden carousel (c. 1892-99) is likely the oldest of the three earliest Dentzel menagerie carousels which remain virtually intact. Over 100 of these carousels were produced by the Dentzel Company of Philadelphia, founded in the mid-19th century by a the son of a German carousel crafter. It is the only one of the three still in an historic "shelter" or carousel house. Built from a Dentzel blueprint, the carousel house a rare survivor.