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

Thorstrand

The Magnus Swenson Estate

 

1922

 
Thorstrand Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 12, 2011
1. Thorstrand Marker
Inscription. These two Mediterranean Revival mansions were designed for Magnus and Annie Swenson and their daughter Mary North by Madison architects Law and Law. Swenson was a Norwegian immigrant who became an internationally famous inventor and humanitarian. Among his many and varied activities, Swenson patented over 200 machines and processes, built hydroelectric dams on the Wisconsin River, and founded the Norwegian-American Steamship Lines. Please respect the privacy of the occupants.
 
Erected 1979 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 60.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 5.506′ N, 89° 28.903′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Thorstrand Road 0.2 miles north of University Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The houses described by the marker were acquired by the City of Madison in 1978 as part of an expansion of Marshall Park. The marker is next to a Marshall Park path along Lake Mendota between the mansions and the lake. The path can be accessed from Marshall Park on the west or a park service road off of Thorstrand Road from
Thorstrand Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 12, 2011
2. Thorstrand Marker
One of the mansions is visible in the background.
the east. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 - 2 Thorstrand Road, Madison WI 53705, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hickory Hill House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hocheera (approx. 0.6 miles away); Early Social Whirl (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Lemcke Farm House (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Stamm House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mendota (approx. 1.3 miles away); Blackhawk Country Club Mound Group (approx. 1.4 miles away); Pheasant Branch Encampment (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the estate (pdf). (Submitted on August 12, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Thorstrand Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 12, 2011
3. Thorstrand Marker
Another view of the marker (in the lower right) and one of the mansions in the background. A complete photo record of the mansions was not available without invading the privacy of the residents.
Entrance to Thorstrand image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 12, 2011
4. Entrance to Thorstrand
The entrance to the estate is marked by this "Private Drive" sign.
Access to Thorstrand Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 12, 2011
5. Access to Thorstrand Marker
The marker can be accessed from Marshall Park to the west, or from the east via this park service road to the right of the "Private Drive" sign just before the mansions.
Thorstrand Road image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 12, 2011
6. Thorstrand Road
This is the entrance to Thorstrand Road near University Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 636 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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