Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Willett S. Main Building
Stephen V. Shipman, Architect
— 1855 - 1856 —
Designated July 10, 1995
Erected 2012 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 127.)
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° 4.478′ N, 89° 23.214′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street and West Mifflin Street, on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101-105 State 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. Schubert Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Lamb Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Grace Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kessenich's Building (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Grace Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); What would you have seen here 14,000 years ago? (about 500 feet away); Hotel Loraine (about 500 feet away); Orpheum Theater (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Willett S. Main Building. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This Italianate building is constructed of locally-quarried sandstone blocks, and features a decorative wood cornice with brackets and dentils. It is one of several imposing flatiron buildings at the cardinal corners of the capitol square, and one of the first commercial buildings to be built west of the Capitol. Main daringly chose the site for his dry goods business when the bulk of commercial activity was at the opposite corner of the square. It is the oldest surviving commercial building on the capitol square."
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers for Madison sandstone buildings.
Also see . . . Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on February 29, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
Additional keywords. Architecture
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 27, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 3, 4. submitted on March 1, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.