“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Old Governor's Mansion


Old Governor's Mansion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, June 29, 2010
1. Old Governor's Mansion Marker
The marker was partially buried in the grass.
Inscription. Constructed of locally quarried sandstone and designed in the Italianate style, this house was originally built for Julius T. White, secretary of the Wisconsin Insurance Company. Governor Jeremiah Rusk acquired the house in 1883 and sold it to the state of Wisconsin two years later. It was the executive mansion for seventeen Wisconsin governors from 1885 to 1950.
Erected 1972 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 7.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
Location. 43° 4.784′ N, 89° 23.203′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on East Gilman Street 0.1 miles east of North Pinckney Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is on the ground by the sidewalk in front of the Old Governor's Mansion. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 East Gilman Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kendall House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bashford House (about 300 feet away); Timothy Brown House (about 300 feet away); Period Garden Park
Old Governor's Mansion Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, June 29, 2010
2. Old Governor's Mansion
The marker is on the ground by the sidewalk in front of the house.
(about 400 feet away); Mansion Hill Historic District (about 400 feet away); Keyes House (about 400 feet away); Pierce House (about 400 feet away); Keenan House (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Old Governor's Mansion. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "this house was originally built for Catherine and Julius T. White, Secretary of the Wisconsin Insurance Company. The Whites sold the house in 1857 to one of Madison's first settlers, George P. Delaplaine and his wife, Emily. Delaplaine was secretary to Governors Farwell and Dewey and co-owner of one of the largest real estate development firms in the city. In 1867 the house rose to greater social prominence when it was purchased by State Senator J. G. Thorp, a millionaire lumber baron, and his wife, Amelia. In 1870, the Thorp's young daughter, Sarah, married Ole Bull, the world-famous 60-year-old Norwegian violinist in one of the most lavish weddings the town had ever seen. ... Conover and Porter designed renovations in 1897 which including a sweeping wrap-around veranda with Ionic columns, which was drastically reduced in size in the
Old Governor's Mansion Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, June 29, 2010
3. Old Governor's Mansion
Also see . . .
1. Knapp House. The current occupant of the house. (Submitted on June 30, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the house (pdf). (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
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