IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2019

LEARN ABOUT ADAPTIVE REUSE, MADISON BUSINESSWOMEN, AND MADISON’S EARLIEST AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY ON THE OLD MARKET PLACE WALKING TOUR ON SEPTEMBER 22

Madison, Wis. -- The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation will present a special historic architecture tour of Old Market Place on Sunday, September 22, 2019.  The event includes a 90-minute walking tour of the area near James Madison Park between East Mifflin Street and Lake Mendota.  Also included are interior visits to the Livingston Inn and the Mendota Lake House B&B as well as an opportunity to meet Author Don Sanford. While enjoying refreshments, guests will be able to buy Sanford’s book, On Fourth Lake, as well as Muriel Simms’ book, Settlin’; Stories of Madison’s Early African American Families.  Tours will start every half hour from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  We encourage purchasing tickets in advance as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the day of the tour.  Tickets (MTHP Members - $15, Non Members - $25) are available at www.madisonpreservation.org/specialty-tours.

Tour guests will learn about an area that encompasses well-to-do homes on the ridge along the lakeshore, as well as more modest homes, commercial and government buildings in the lower area toward East Washington Avenue, once known as the “Great Central Swamp.”  The areas we tour include Madison’s earliest African American neighborhood, which can be found around the East Dayton and North Blount intersection.

“Many of the historic buildings in this neighborhood have been adapted to reuse for a different purpose than they were originally intended, such as the Badger State Shoe Factory which has become Das Kronenberg Condominiums,” says Madison Trust for Historic Preservation President Kurt Stege.  “This highlights the versatility of historic structures and how they can be incorporated into modern life.”

See event details including the meeting location, parking options and how to purchase tickets at www.madisonpreservation.org/specialty-tours.

For more information about the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, visit www.madisonpreservation.org.

Thanks to our sponsors, TDS Custom Construction and Reynolds Transfer & Storage.

CONTACT: Jennifer Gurske
Email: info@madisonpreservation.org
Phone: 608-441-8864

 

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Examples of what guests will see & learn about on the tour