Old Market Place

2019 Historic Architecture Specialty Walking Tour

Sunday, September 22, 2019


2019 Specialty Tour

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


In 2019, guests enjoyed a walking tour of this near east-side neighborhood between East Washington and the shore of Lake Mendota.  They saw how a historic factory, water utility building and school had been repurposed into apartments and learned about Madison’s earliest African American neighborhood. 

John Hill and Hill Grocery

A couple interior visits were included for the Mendota Lake House B&B and Nichols Station. After the tour, guests enjoyed refreshments while perusing books for sale related to the neighborhood and meeting author Don Sanford. 

Guests commented that they enjoyed hearing 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.

Tour Sponsors

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


A sprinkling of what tour guests experienced 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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