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

Pierce House

1857

 

—Kutzbock & Donnel —

 
Pierce House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 28, 2010
1. Pierce House Marker
Inscription. Built in the early Romanesque Revival style, this Prairie du Chien sandstone house exemplifies the ornate designs of local architects August Kutzbock and Samuel Donnel. In the 1850's and 60's, it was commissioned by Alexander A. McDonnell, contractor for the third State Capitol. Among later occupants of the house were Sarah Fairchild Dean Conover, a society dowager, and George Pierce, a power company executive.
 
Erected 1971 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.731′ N, 89° 23.254′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Gilman Street and North Pinckney Street, on the left when traveling west on East Gilman Street. Click for map. The marker is on the ground in front of the house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 424 North Pinckney Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bashford House (a few steps from this marker); Keenan House (within shouting distance of this marker); Kendall House
Pierce House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 28, 2010
2. Pierce House
(within shouting distance of this marker); Keyes House (within shouting distance of this marker); Period Garden Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mansion Hill Historic District (about 300 feet away); Quisling Towers Apartments (about 300 feet away); Timothy Brown House (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Pierce House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, the Pierce House "was designed for Alexander A. McDonnell, contractor for the east wing of the State Capitol, which was being constructed at the same time, also in the unusual Romanesque Revival style. Among later occupants of the house were John Garnhart, a plow manufacturer, and his wife Roberta, who after husband's death continued to live in the house and eventually married Orasmus Cole, chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court; Sarah Fairchild Dean Conover, a noted society leader; and Carrie and George Pierce, a power company executive."
 
Also see . . .
1. Mansion Hill Inn. (the current occupant of the Pierce House)
Pierce House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 28, 2010
3. Pierce House
View from the intersection of North Pinckney Street and East Gilman Street
(Submitted on June 28, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the house. (Submitted on March 18, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Pierce House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 29, 2010
4. Pierce House
Detail of wrought iron on back of house.
Pierce House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 29, 2010
5. Pierce House
View from North Pinckney Street - the marker is on the ground by the sidewalk near the lower left corner of this photo.
 
 
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