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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ely House
1896

Cobb & Frost
 
Ely House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
1. Ely House Marker
 
Inscription. Designed in the the Georgian Revival style by Chicago architect Charles Sumner Frost, who was a partner of Henry Ives Cobb, this house was commissioned by Richard T. Ely, nationally known economist and university professor. In the academic freedom case involving Ely's allegedly radical views, the Board of Regents vindicated him with the statement which encourages "that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found."
 
Erected 1974 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 20.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.313′ N, 89° 24.981′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on North Prospect Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 North Prospect Avenue, Madison WI 53726, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Smith-Ogg House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morehouse House (about 600 feet away); Buell House (about 600 feet away); Terrace Homes Apartments (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elliott House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gilmore House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scientific Approach to Agriculture (approx. mile away); University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Ely House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
2. Ely House Marker
The marker is on the ground by the sidewalk and stairway in front of the house, with the Ely House marker on the right and the National Register of Historic Places marker on the left.
 

 
Regarding Ely House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "Designed by regionally important architect, Charles Frost of Chicago, the Richard and Anna Ely house is an elegant late Victorian version of the Georgian Revival. The Georgian Revival had been popular on the east coast for some time, but this is one of the first to be built in Madison. This house follows the general design of the 1759 Longfellow house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but embellished with Victorian details. Professor Ely was a nationally known economist whose progressive, socialist teachings, caused him to be tried in 1894 by the Board of Regents in a famous formal inquiry which resulted in Ely's vindication and in the declaration of academic freedom: 'whatever may be the limitations which trammel inquiry elsewhere, we believe that the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continued [sic] and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.'"
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Links to a marker for the Longfellow house and a plaque with the Board of Regents quote.
 
Ely House Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
3. Ely House
 
 
Ely House Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
4. Ely House
 
 
Ely House National Register of Historic Places Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
5. Ely House National Register of Historic Places Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 597 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 24, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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