Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Grimm Book Bindery
Alvan Small, Architect
Designated August 7, 1989
Erected 2012 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 87.)
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° 4.418′ N, 89° 23.723′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on West Gilman Street Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 454 West Gilman 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. Luther Memorial Chapel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woman's Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vietnam War protesters and police clashed here (approx. 0.2 miles away); Born in Madison, the Wisconsin Idea changed the nation (approx. 0.2 miles away); University Presbyterian Church and Student Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Temperance Movement Battled Madison''s Breweries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington Grade and Orthopedic School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Armory & Gymnasium (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Grimm Book Bindery. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "The Grimm Book Bindery was founded in Madison in 1874. Gottlieb Grimm came to Madison from Germany in 1850 and in that year bound what is probably the first book bound in Madison. After working for others for over two decades, Grimm became head of the Madison Book Bindery and changed its name to his. By 1926, when this building was constructed for it, the bindery had an extensive business working for state government, the university, libraries and businesses, an enterprise that continues to this
"The building was designed by noted local architect, Alvan Small, in a simple red brick Georgian Revival style, intended to be reminiscent of the red brick Georgian style printing office of Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia.
"In the late 1980s the Grimm Book Bindery moved to larger premises. The Alexander Company purchased the building and renovated it into apartments in a rehabilitation project that was both imaginative and innovative."
Also see . . .
1. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on July 22, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
2. Lake Towne Apartments. The web site for the Grimm Book Bindery apartments, including interior photos. (Submitted on July 28, 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 July 22, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 28, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.