Old Market Place

Historic Architecture Specialty Walking Tour

Sunday, September 22, 2019

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2019 Specialty Tour

Themes for our 2019 specialty tour include adaptive reuse, Madison businesswomen, and Madison’s earliest African American community.


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Enjoy a walking tour of this near east-side neighborhood between East Washington and the shore of Lake Mendota.  See how a historic factory, water utility building and school have been repurposed into apartments.  Learn about Madison’s earliest African American neighborhood. 

John Hill and Hill Grocery

Included are interior visits to several buildings, including the Livingston Inn, the Mendota Lake House B&B and Nichols Station. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy some refreshments while perusing books for sale related to the neighborhood and meeting author Don Sanford. 

Learn about buildings as diverse as Nichols Station, once a water pumping station, now an apartment building, and a group of bungalows designed by the only woman known to have designed homes in Madison prior to World War I.

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Tour Details

Meeting Location: Nichols Station Apartments, 427 E. Gorham St., Madison (map)

Tour Times: Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue every 30 minutes. The last tour starts at 2:30 p.m.

Length: The route is approximately 2 miles long with frequent stops and a couple moderate hills. The tour is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Cost: Members $15, Non Members $25

Parking: Street parking is available. There are also public parking in the Capitol Square North garage (map).

Bathrooms: There will be two stops on the tour that have available bathrooms.

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10:30 a.m. Walking Tour - SOLD OUT

11:00 a.m. Walking Tour

11:30 a.m. Walking Tour

12:00 p.m. Walking Tour

12:30 p.m. Walking Tour

1:00 p.m. Walking Tour

1:30 p.m. Walking Tour

2:00 p.m. Walking Tour

2:30 p.m. Walking Tour



A special thanks to our sponsors for helping make this event happen!


A sprinkling of what you will see & learn about on this tour!

Why use the Old Market Place name?

We understand that the Old Market Place Neighborhood label isn't currently used; however, in planning the tour we were guided by two facts. 

  1. None of the current neighborhood designations quite match our tour route.

  2. Our starting point for researching this tour was The Old Market Place Neighborhood Walking Tour booklet published by the Landmarks Commission and the former Neighborhood Association. 

Therefore, we decided to use the previous name of Old Market Place.

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