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

Kessenich's Building

Frank Riley, Architect

 

—1923 —

 
Kessenich's Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 16, 2012
1. Kessenich's Building Marker
Inscription. The Kessenich's building is significant as an example of the Commercial French Renaissance style as designed by Frank Riley. The building features an artfully assembled façade uniting two street frontages and the adjoining corner. The long façades have identical treatments with paired pilasters, large plate glass display windows and decorative panels with ornament in relief, united at the corner by a monumentally scaled, arched entrance. Originally a women's clothing and dry goods store, its location is notable, signaling the expansion of commercial development from the Capitol Square to State Street.

Designated March 16, 1999
 
Erected 2011 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 139.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.48′ N, 89° 23.3′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of North Fairchild Street and State Street, on the right when traveling north on North Fairchild Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 State Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Kessenich's Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 16, 2012
2. Kessenich's Building Marker
The marker is just to the left of the "monumentally scaled, arched entrance" mentioned in the marker.
. Orpheum Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Lamb Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schubert Building (about 400 feet away); Willett S. Main Building (about 400 feet away); Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (about 400 feet away); Grace Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Grace Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); Wootton - Mead House (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Kessenich's Building. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This imposing French Renaissance style building was erected for Kessenich's Dry Goods store, which specialized in women's clothing. With the involvement of the Yost family, the business eventually became known as 'Yosts,' a name that many people remember it by today. The elegant materials, craftsmanship and design of the building were meant to convey the high quality of the goods inside. In 1940 it was said to be 'one of the first large stores on State Street .. credited with being largely responsible for the business development of that thoroughfare.' The façade of the building has been retained as part of the Overture complex."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of
Yost's-Kessenich's Building image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 16, 2012
3. Yost's-Kessenich's Building
This view of the building shows its integration into the Overture Center, with the glass dome on top and the Capitol Theater façade to the right.
markers for buildings designed by Frank Riley.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on January 18, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
State Street image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 16, 2012
4. State Street
This is a view up State Street toward the Capitol, with the Overture Center on the right (and the Yost's-Kessenich's Building at the corner on the right) and the Orpheum Theater (also a landmark) on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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