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

Philip Schoen Building

David R. Jones, Architect

 

—1875 —

 
Philip Schoen Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 26, 2012
1. Philip Schoen Building Marker
Inscription. The Schoen building is significant as an excellent example of an Italianate style commercial building from Madison's earliest commercial era. Constructed of local sandstone and designed by one of Madison's most influential architects, the building features an original cast iron storefront at the ground floor. Characteristics of the Italianate style are evident in the tall upper story windows featuring segmental arched, stone window hoods and similarly arched wood sash windows. This building was built by German immigrant Philip Schoen, for his Capitol Bakery, Restaurant and Saloon.

Designated October 15, 2002
 
Erected 2012 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 151.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.502′ N, 89° 22.874′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and South Webster Street, on the left when traveling west on East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 East Main Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Suhr Bank Building (within shouting
Philip Schoen Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 27, 2012
2. Philip Schoen Building Marker
The marker is barely visible inside the doorway on the right side of the building.
distance of this marker); King Street Arcade (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Dick-Eddy Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Eben and Rosaline Peck (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fess Hotel (about 300 feet away); Peck Cabin (about 400 feet away); Capitol Square has long been the heart of the city (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Philip Schoen Building. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "German immigrant Philip Schoen commissioned this building and operated his Capitol Bakery, Restaurant and Saloon here until 1885. The restaurant and saloon continued under new ownership until around 1940. It is an elegant nineteenth-century commercial building in the heart of the first commercial district in the city, which formed around the King St. corner of the square. The façade is clad in Madison sandstone blocks and the other elevations are in cream brick. The storefront features cast iron
Philip Schoen Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 26, 2012
3. Philip Schoen Building Marker
This is a closeup view of the doorway with the marker inside, which also shows the cast iron (left) and sandstone (right) portions of the storefront.
and a sandstone cornice."
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on October 29, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Philip Schoen Building image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 27, 2012
4. Philip Schoen Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   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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