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

Badger State Shoe Factory

Ferdinand Kronenberg, Architect

 

— 1910 —

 
Badger State Shoe Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
1. Badger State Shoe Factory Marker
Inscription.  Albert and Henry Atkins founded the Badger State Shoe Factory in Milwaukee in 1893. They expanded production to Madison in 1900 and in 1910 constructed this building to consolidate manufacturing operations. Significant for its association with turn of the century industrial expansion in Madison, this was the only large shoe factory in the city. The work of Madison architect Ferdinand Kronenberg, its progessive design included an exterior with understated classical elements and a modern interior having an open plan, which was ventilated and lit by 225 double hung windows.

Designated August 7, 1989
 
Erected 2011 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 89.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission series list.
 
Location. 43° 4.877′ N, 89° 22.723′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of North Blount Street and East Dayton
Badger State Shoe Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
2. Badger State Shoe Factory Marker
The marker is on the west corner of the building, on the left in this photo. In the foreground is the Here was Madison’s first African-American neighborhood marker across the street.
Street on North Blount Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 North Blount Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas / Hill Grocery and Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Here was Madison’s first African-American neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); Miller House (within shouting distance of this marker); City Horse Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); City Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Anna and Cornelius Collins Residence (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Irene and Robert Connor Residence (about 800 feet away); Collins House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Badger State Shoe Factory. According to the Madison Landmarks commission, "From East Johnson Street a broad, level plain stretches across the isthmus to the Third Lake ridge that borders Lake Monona. Originally, this plain was the 'Great Central Marsh,' a barrier to development as long as it remained unfilled. Once filling began in the 1890s, however, much of the new land was developed for Madison's first modern industrial concerns.

"One of the finest remaining examples of this industrial past is the six-story brick building constructed for the Badger State Shoe
Badger State Shoe Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
3. Badger State Shoe Factory Marker
This is the south corner of the building. The marker is on the left.
company, organized in Milwaukee in 1893 by Albert and Henry Atkins. In 1900 the company opened a new factory on Madison's south side, at 1335 Gilson Street. It remained there until 1910 when company operations in Milwaukee and in Madison were consolidated under one roof at the new factory on Blount Street. Designed by noted Madison architect Ferdinand Kronenberg, this new factory was considered a model of its kind. It is also an excellent example of the simple dignity that such utilitarian buildings could achieve. At its peak the factory employed 250 people who made over 2000 pairs of shoes a day. Production continued until 1930 after which the building was used as a warehouse until its recent conversion into residential use."
 
Also see . . .  Das Kronenberg Condos. (Submitted on November 9, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
Badger State Shoe Factory Building image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
4. Badger State Shoe Factory Building
This is the north corner of the building.
Das Kronenberg Condos Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
5. Das Kronenberg Condos Entrance
This is the main entrance to the condos that are the current use of the Badger State Shoe Factory building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,976 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4, 5. submitted on November 8, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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