Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Armory & Gymnasium
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Madison
has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America.
Erected 1993 by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Sports. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission series lists.
Location. 43° 4.568′ N, 89° 23.903′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on Langdon Street, 0.1 miles east of North Park Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 716 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Living Room for Campus (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Born in Madison, the Wisconsin Idea changed the nation (about 400 feet away); State Historical SocietyUniversity Presbyterian Church and Student Center (about 600 feet away); Science Hall (about 700 feet away); Leaders in Science (about 700 feet away); Delta Upsilon Fraternity House (approx. 0.2 miles away); On the Air (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Armory & Gymnasium. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, which designated the University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium as a landmark (no. 169) in 2007, "The UW Armory and Gymnasium [designed by architects Allan Conover and Lew Porter and built 1892-1894] is a significant and outstanding example of its building type. The 'castellated medieval fortress' variation of the Romanesque Revival marks it unquestionably as an armory, while the interior spaces and large open spans made it a state-of-the-art nineteenth century gymnasium. The Armory features a rusticated coursed sandstone ashlar foundation, and load-bearing brick walls in common bond with sandstone trim. Distinguishing features include stepped gables, turrets and towers with corbelled and crenellated battlements, and broad arched entryways on the
"The UW Armory was the site of the 1904 Wisconsin Republican Convention, a seminal event in the history of the Progressive Movement. At this convention, Robert M. La Follette's Progressives defeated the Stalwarts for control of the Wisconsin Republican Party. Widespread favorable publicity launched La Follette on the national scene. The controversy and legal suit engendered by the 'Gymnasium Convention' and La Follette's subsequent vindication by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin led the Progressives to victory that November, giving them a majority in the state legislature the following year. This allowed the enactment of substantial reforms, many of which were subsequently adopted by many states across the Nation."
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers for buildings designed by Conover.
Additional keywords. Architecture
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 896 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 6, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 9. submitted on April 13, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.