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

Morehouse House

1937

 

G. Fred Keck

 
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By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
1. Morehouse House Marker
Inscription. An International style structure built for Edward Morehouse, a Public Service Commission official, this residence was designed by Chicago architect George Fred Keck. The style developed in Europe in the 1920's and 1930's and was brought to Chicago by leaders of the German Bauhaus, Mies van der Rohe and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, who had significant influence on Keck's work.
 
Erected 1974 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 21.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.241′ N, 89° 25.063′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Ely Place and Summit Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Ely Place. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Ely Place, Madison WI 53726, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buell House (within shouting distance of this marker); Elliott House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gilmore House (about 400 feet away); Ely House (about 600 feet away); Smith-Ogg House
Morehouse House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
2. Morehouse House Marker
The marker is on the ground by the sidewalk at the intersection of Ely Place and Summit Avenue, in the bottom center of this photo.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Terrace Homes Apartments (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bradley-Sigma Phi House (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Morehouse House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "The Edward and Anna Morehouse house is an excellent example of a major work by an important regional architect, George Fred Keck of Chicago, in a very rare style for Midwestern domestic architecture, that of the true International style. Salient characteristics of this style are flat roofs, smooth wall surfaces and windows with minimal exterior reveals, appearing to be a continuation of the surface. There is also a balance of parts to be found instead of one-part axial symmetry, and windows are used in vertical or horizontal ribbons, frequently turning the corner. Keck was one of the first architects to seriously address passive solar design and he was the architect for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair 'House of Tomorrow.'"
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the house (pdf). (Submitted on March 26, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
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By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
3. Morehouse House
This is the Summit Avenue side of the house.
 
 
Additional keywords. Architecture; International style
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
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By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
4. Morehouse House
This is the Ely Place side of the house.
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By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
5. Morehouse House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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