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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

City Market

1909

 

óRobert L. Wright ó

 
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By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
1. City Market Marker
Inscription. The City Market reflects the active civic improvement work in Madison at the turn of the century. Like other public projects, the Market was intended to enhance the advantages of city life. The building design by Madison architect Robert L. Wright is a unique example of the Prairie School style. Set out on an I-plan, its horizontality is emphasized by wide roof overhangs and by cement stringcourses through bichrome brick walls.
 
Erected 1976 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 50.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.851′ N, 89° 22.691′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of North Blount Street and East Mifflin Street, on the left when traveling south on North Blount Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 North Blount Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Badger State Shoe Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas / Hill Grocery and Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Miller House
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By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
2. City Market Marker
Looking toward the northeast, the marker is on the corner of the City Market building.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Here was Madisonís first African-American neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); Ceramic Arts Studio of Madison (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); City Horse Barn (about 300 feet away); Anna and Cornelius Collins Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Irene and Robert Connor Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding City Market. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "The City Market was commissioned by the City of Madison in 1909 in an early effort at civic improvement, part of the nation-wide "City Beautiful" movement. The structure was designed to provide a less congested and more sheltered place away from the capitol square, where area farmers could sell their produce to city consumers. Its use as a market, however, was short lived due mostly to the fact that both shoppers and farmers didn't want to be so far away from the commercial heart of the city. By the 1920s the market building was serving as a dance hall and teen center. For many years
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By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
3. City Market Marker
The southeast side of the building with the marker on the far left.
the building was used as a garage for the city streets department.

"The Prairie style, an idiom used mainly in the upper Midwest between 1900 and WWI, is more commonly associated with residential buildings. The design for the market, created by local architect Robert L. Wright, is an unusual non-residential example of the style. The City Market's major Prairie style elements include its long, low massing, an overall emphasis on horizontal lines displayed in three horizontal belt courses, widely overhanging eaves projecting from shallowly hipped roofs, and windows grouped together in horizontal bands. The building was renovated as apartments in 1987 in an award-winning adaptive reuse project."
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another building designed by Robert L. Wright
 
Also see . . .
1. City Market Building. Additional pictures (including a historical photo) and information from The Prairie School Traveler web site. (Submitted on December 11, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on March 20, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Prairie School of Architecture
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
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By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
4. City Market
Closeup of the wide roof overhang on the southeast side of the building.
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By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
5. City Market
The southwest side of the building.
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By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
6. City Market
The northeast corner of the building.
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By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
7. City Market
The interior central corridor of the building.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,080 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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