Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
— Frank Lloyd Wright —
Erected 1972 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 5.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission series list.
Location. 43° 4.267′ N, 89° 25.151′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of North Prospect Avenue and Ely Place, on the right when traveling west on North Prospect Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Ely Place, Madison WI 53726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elliott House (a few steps from Buell House (within shouting distance of this marker); Morehouse House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bradley-Sigma Phi House (about 700 feet away); Ely House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smith-Ogg House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Terrace Homes Apartments (approx. ¼ mile away); University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Gilmore House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "The only Frank Lloyd Wright design built in Madison during his Prairie School years, is this internationally-famous house built for Prof. Eugene A. Gilmore and his wife in 1908. The site, located at the highest point in University Heights, offered Wright a magnificent opportunity. He positioned the house just below the crown of the hill and placed the principal living rooms on the second floor, providing the Gilmores with unrivalled panoramic views of Madison and the surrounding Four Lakes region. Copper-roofed wings extend outward from the forward-facing center pavilion with its triangular balcony. The resulting composition
"Eugene A. Gilmore came to Madison with his family from Boston in 1902, having left his private law practice to join the University of Wisconsin law faculty. He quickly earned a national reputation as an educator and administrator. In 1922 he was appointed Vice-Governor of the Philippine Islands. In 1930 he returned to the U.S. to become the law school dean and later president of Iowa State University."
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This is a Frank Lloyd Wright marker with links to other markers relating to the architect.
Also see . . . Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the house (pdf). (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
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