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

North Hall

 
 
North Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, June 4, 2010
1. North Hall Marker
Inscription. The first building erected by the University of Wisconsin-Madison was North Hall, opened as North Dormitory for men on September 17, 1851. It was built of Madison sandstone at a cost of $19,000. Initially, the first three floors housed from 50 to 65 students; the fourth floor was divided into six public rooms for lectures, recitations, and study.

The building was first heated by two hot-air furnaces. As an economy measure during the war (1865), stoves were placed in each room, and students were required to provide their own fuel – often a tree from nearby Bascom Woods. A mess hall was set up in the dormitory for those who wanted board at cost, about 80 cents a week. Sanitary conveniences were primitive: the students hauled their water from a nearby well, and the bad condition of the outdoor privies was the subject of lengthy discussions by both the faculty and regents.

In 1884 North Hall became an office and classroom facility, and since has been occupied by various University departments and for a time by the U.S. Weather Bureau. It was designated a Registered Historic Landmark in 1966.
 
Erected 1974 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 202.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the
North Hall with marker on corner image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 10, 2010
2. North Hall with marker on corner
Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.532′ N, 89° 24.197′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Observatory Drive just west of Lincoln Dr.. Touch for map. Located on Bascom Hill, UW-Madison campus. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Power of Ideas (within shouting distance of this marker); The American Character (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Dance (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Global Vision (within shouting distance of this marker); Natural Wonders (within shouting distance of this marker); The School of Pharmacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Reform and Revolt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This is a marker for the park where the sandstone for North Hall was likely quarried.
 
Categories. EducationNotable Buildings
 
North Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, June 4, 2010
3. North Hall and Marker
National Register Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, June 4, 2010
4. National Register Marker
Lincoln Statue in front of Bascom Hall near North Hall image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 10, 2010
5. Lincoln Statue in front of Bascom Hall near North Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 6, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on June 11, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   5. submitted on June 11, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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