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

Breese J. Stevens House

1863 - 1864

 
 
Breese J. Stevens House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 13, 2011
1. Breese J. Stevens House Marker
Inscription. This multi-faceted brick Italianate house was built for Madison lawyer, Daniel K. Tenney. In 1871, Tenney sold it to Breese J. Stevens who probably altered the house significantly during his ownership. Stevens was elected mayor of Madison in 1884 and was also a curator of the State Historical Society and a regent of the University of Wisconsin from 1891 to 1904. An early carriage house and latticed well cover may be found near the rear of the house.
 
Erected 1972 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 13.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.615′ N, 89° 23.353′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Carroll Street and West Gorham Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is in the ground by the sidewalk in front of the house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 North Carroll St., Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Mears House (within shouting distance of this marker); Steensland House (within shouting distance
Breese J. Stevens House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 13, 2011
2. Breese J. Stevens House
The marker is on the ground by the sidewalk in front of the house.
of this marker); Wootton - Mead House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Van Slyke House (about 400 feet away); Beecroft House (about 400 feet away); Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (about 500 feet away); First Church of Christ, Scientist (about 500 feet away); Madison Masonic Temple (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Breese J. Stevens House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This stately Italianate house was built for Daniel and Mary Jane Tenney. Tenney came to Madison in 1850 to typeset for his brother's newspaper, the Argus. Tenney then went to law school, his family moved to Chicago in 1870 and returned to Madison in 1897, where, among many civic activities, he gave the funds to develop Tenney Park. In 1870 Breese Stevens purchased the house and it remained in the family for about 100 years. Another prominent lawyer, Stevens had extensive business interests, served as mayor for two terms, and as UW regent for many years. His wife, M. Elizabeth Stevens, was one of the founders of the Madison Woman's
Breese J. Stevens House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 13, 2011
3. Breese J. Stevens House
View of the house from the south.
Club."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are markers for public areas named for occupants of the house.
 
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Breese J. Stevens House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 13, 2011
4. Breese J. Stevens House
View of the house from the east.
Carriage House and Latticed Well Cover image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 13, 2011
5. Carriage House and Latticed Well Cover
These structures mentioned in the marker are behind the Stevens House on West Gorham Street.
Breese J. Stevens House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 13, 2011
6. Breese J. Stevens House
View from the west.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 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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