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Steensland House returning to residential service

Steensland House returning to residential service

November 21, 2013 |

The 1896 house of the Halle Steensland family will stand in the Mansion Hill historic district for the foreseeable future, and be returned to residential use as part of the “Bethel Idea” (background in this post) Pastor Scot Sorensen of Bethel Lutheran Church presented that vision on Thursday at Downtown Madison Inc.’s monthly “What’s Up […]

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Update – Howard Place proposal

Update – Howard Place proposal

November 20, 2013 |

A request for demolition permits for two Contributing houses in the Langdon St. federal historic district was denied by the Plan Commission on Monday (background here). The owner of 622 and 632 Howard Place, both determined to be Contributing buildings in the Langdon Street Historic District proposed to demolish the two buildings and build a […]

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Special Event – Marquette Bungalows interior tour

Special Event – Marquette Bungalows interior tour

October 3, 2013 |

Join us for a special guided walking tour of the charming Marquette Bungalows Historic District on Madison’s East Side near O’Keefe Middle School and Yahara River Parkway. The Marquette Bungalows district is the the largest concentration of Craftsman style homes in the city. It consists of 48 modestly sized but high-quality homes. 47 of them […]

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Madison Neighborhoods Bus Tour II

Madison Neighborhoods Bus Tour II

September 16, 2013 |

Our first Madison Neighborhoods Bus Tour, back in June, was so much fun we’re doing it again! On Saturday, September 28,  we’ll host another run of the Madison Neighborhoods Bus Tour. Visit Madison’ s urban neighborhoods from the 1850s to the 1950s on a guided bus tour hosted by Anna Andrzejewski (UW Professor of Art […]

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Send a Message to Support Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lamp House

Send a Message to Support Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lamp House

September 13, 2013 |

Downtown Madison has one building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1903, but not many Madisonians know how to find it, if they even know it’s there. It’s a unique house designed for a unique location at the center of an urban block. Wright designed the house in response to its small donut-hole site. It’s […]

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More demolitions proposed for Langdon Street Historic District

More demolitions proposed for Langdon Street Historic District

September 5, 2013 |

Another proposal for a new apartment building in the Langdon Street Historic District would demolish two “contributing” buildings in that district. Mark Smith, an architect with JLA Architects, filed an application August 5 on behalf of owner Rebecca Anderson to demolish the two contributing buildings at 622 and 632 Howard Place. The application proposes new […]

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Another Mansion Hill development would like exceptions

Another Mansion Hill development would like exceptions

July 26, 2013 |

Steve Brown Apartments has met with Mansion Hill neighbors and property owners to discuss a preliminary concept for a new apartment complex that would replace three existing buildings in the Mansion Hill Historic District. The new construction would require the demolition of a 9-story concrete apartment tower built in the 1960s (The Highlander, 115 W. […]

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Bethel Congregation approves concept for Steensland House

Bethel Congregation approves concept for Steensland House

July 22, 2013 |

There’s positive momentum for the historic Halle Steensland House on N. Carroll St. downtown. The house has been owned by Bethel Lutheran Church for several decades and operated for many years as the Bethel Parish Shop. It has sat unused in recent years. Now, the church is planning the development of the block where the […]

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