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

State Office Building

Listed in the State Register of Historic Places

 
 
State Office Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
1. State Office Building Marker
Inscription. Designed by State Architect Arthur Peabody, the Wilson Street Office Building is an extraordinary representation of the Art Deco Style of architecture. Built in three separate stages, 1930, 1938 and 1959, the symmetrically massed structure has a granite facade with bas-relief Art Deco ornamentation. The first floor public hallways are adorned with bronze lamps, stylized floral ceiling borders and bronze letter boxes and directories. The lobby is decorated with Royal Red, Appalachian Fossil Gray, Appalachian Dark, Kesota Yellow, and Westfield marbles.
 
Erected 1995 by The State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
 
Location. 43° 4.337′ N, 89° 22.89′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of West Wilson Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, on the left when traveling west on West Wilson Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: One West Wilson Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fairchild Home (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Men and Women (a few steps from this marker); Olin Terrace (a few steps from this marker);
State Office Building image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
2. State Office Building
The marker is behind the stop sign on the lower left part of the building.
Madison is an Indian mound capital (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Club (within shouting distance of this marker); John A. Urich (within shouting distance of this marker); David James Schaefer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Post Office and Courthouse (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable Buildings
 
Bas-Relief Art Deco Ornamentation image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
3. Bas-Relief Art Deco Ornamentation
This ornamentation, including a stylized version of the state coat of arms in the center, is above the side doors. On the shield of the coat of arms are symbols for agriculture (a plow), mining (a pick and shovel), manufacturing (an arm and hammer), and navigation (an anchor). The horn of plenty on the left in the coat of arms symbolizes prosperity and abundance, while the pyramid of lead ingots on the right represents mineral wealth (the gear symbol on the pyramid is not an official part of the coat of arms).
Bas-Relief Art Deco Ornamentation image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
4. Bas-Relief Art Deco Ornamentation
State Office Building Main Entrance - Outside image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
5. State Office Building Main Entrance - Outside
Note the bas-relief Art Deco ornamentation and the brass fixtures.
State Office Building Main Entrance - Inside image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
6. State Office Building Main Entrance - Inside
Brass Fixture at Stairway of Main Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
7. Brass Fixture at Stairway of Main Entrance
State Office Building Main Floor Hallway image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
8. State Office Building Main Floor Hallway
Brass Letter Box image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
9. Brass Letter Box
Exterior Brass Lighting Fixture image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
10. Exterior Brass Lighting Fixture
Closeup of Marble Design on Main Floor image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 26, 2011
11. Closeup of Marble Design on Main Floor
State Office Building from Across Lake Monona image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 6, 2010
12. State Office Building from Across Lake Monona
The State Office Building is between the Capitol, on the left, and the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   12. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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