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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex
1899-1901; 1911; 1946
 
Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, February 1, 2012
1. Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Marker
 
Inscription. The Gisholt Machine Company site encompasses an expansive complex and is made up of three Neoclassical Revival style brick buildings: The 1899-1901 factory, the 1911 office building, and the 1946 engineering building. The company produced manufacturing tools including heavy machinery, precision balancing, and super-finishing machines. By 1912 Gisholt was Madison's largest employer; continued growth distinguished it as the east side manufacturing district's largest company. These accomplishments made it the most influential company in Madison's early manufacturing history.

Designated September 7, 2004
 
Erected 2012 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 162.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 5.236′ N, 89° 21.961′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Washington Avenue (U.S. 151) and South Baldwin Street, on the right when traveling east on East Washington Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 East Washington Avenue, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
 
Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, February 1, 2012
2. Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Marker
The 1911 portion of the factory is at the busy intersection of East Washington Avenue and South Baldwin Street under the seven sawtooth roofs. The marker is on the corner of this building. The 1899-1900 portion of the factory is to the left.
 
. Fuller & Johnson Manufacturing Co. Office Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John A. Johnson made Madison's Factory District Flourish (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sixth Ward Public Library (approx. mile away); Steensland Bridge (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Steensland Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tenney Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mills Brothers Commercial Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Yahara River Parkway (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "The Gisholt complex consists of three buildings representing different stages of the company's development. They feature an eclectic mix of Classical and Craftsman elements. The large factory building is the oldest section of the complex and employs the latest structural methods of its day for industrial buildings. The Gisholt Machine Company, founded in 1885 by Norwegian immigrant John A. Johnson, became a significant employer and played a crucial role in the development of Madison's east side."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are markers that mention John A. Johnson. The page for the first one includes a photo of the nearby gravestone of his parents, which mentions their hometown of Gisholt in Norway.
 
Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, February 1, 2012
3. Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Marker
The marker is on the corner of 1301 East Washington Avenue, which is the 1911 factory. A modern skywalk spans South Baldwin Street to connect this building to the 1911 Gisholt office building at 1245 East Washington Avenue.
 

 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on February 1, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, February 1, 2012
4. Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex
Shopbop is one of the current occupants of this building at 1301 East Washington Avenue. This is the end of the 1899-1900 portion of the factory building, which extends to the left.
 
 
Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, February 2, 2012
5. Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex
This portion of the complex is southwest of the factory, and consists of the 1911 office building (under the peaked roof on the left) and the 1946 engineering building (on the right).
 
 
Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, February 2, 2012
6. Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex
This is the 1911 office building.
 
 
Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, February 2, 2012
7. Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex
This is the 1946 engineering building.
 
 
Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, February 9, 2012
8. Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex
This is the South Dickinson Street end of the building.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 668 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 1, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   5, 6, 7. submitted on February 2, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   8. submitted on February 22, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
 
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