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Period Garden Park

City of Madison

 
 
Period Garden Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
1. Period Garden Park Marker
Inscription. Designed to preserve part of the original gracious character of the Mansion Hill area, the Period Garden Park incorporated historical elements that complement its two landmark neighbors, the Elisha Keyes House and the Timothy Brown House. The combination of grassy areas and large planted beds occurred frequently in early Madison domestic gardens. Curvilinear forms, brick walkways, carved sandstone step decorations and iron fencing were also familiar elements. When a thirty-unit apartment building was planned for this site, the former lawn of the Elisha Keyes House, neighborhood residents, downtown businesses and interested citizens from around the city worked and contributed to the historic park fund to create this garden. City and state officials cooperated to secure state and federal funds for part of the purchase price. The park was developed and is maintained by the City Parks Division. It was dedicated on May 8, 1977 by the Board of the Park Commissioners and the Madison Landmarks Commission.
 
Location. 43° 4.725′ N, 89° 23.186′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Gorham Street and North Pinckney Street, on the right when traveling west on East Gorham Street. Touch for map. Marker is at
Period Garden Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
2. Period Garden Park Marker
or near this postal address: 102 East Gorham Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mansion Hill Historic District (here, next to this marker); Timothy Brown House (a few steps from this marker); Keyes House (within shouting distance of this marker); Bashford House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierce House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kendall House (about 300 feet away); Old Governor's Mansion (about 400 feet away); Keenan House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Park. History of the Park's Development, From Park News, Fall 2002. Includes photos of the Elisha Keyes House, Keenan Home and additional park features. (Submitted on December 6, 2010.) 
 
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Period Garden Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
3. Period Garden Park Marker
The Period Garden Park marker is seen on the right and the Mansion Hill Historic District marker is seen on the left.
Period Garden Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
4. Period Garden Park Marker
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By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
5. Period Garden Park
The East Gorham Street entrance to the park, with the sandstone steps mentioned in the marker.
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By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
6. Period Garden Park
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By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
7. Period Garden Park
This is the view from the southwest, looking toward the Timothy Brown House.
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By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
8. Period Garden Park
This photo shows the weeping mulberry tree in full foliage. See the photo below for a closeup of the tangle of branches inside the tree.
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By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
9. Period Garden Park
This is the view from the northeast.
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By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
10. Period Garden Park
Period Garden Park Fountain image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
11. Period Garden Park Fountain
Closeup of fountain base.
Period Garden Park Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
12. Period Garden Park Fountain
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By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
13. Period Garden Park
This is the view from the south, at the corner of East Gorham Street and North Pinckney Street, with the Elisha Keyes house on the left and the Timothy Brown house on the right.
Period Garden Park image. Click for full size.
By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
14. Period Garden Park
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By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
15. Period Garden Park
Statuary in the northeast corner of the park.
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By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
16. Period Garden Park
Period Garden Park Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
17. Period Garden Park Fountain
Welcome to Period Garden Park image. Click for full size.
By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
18. Welcome to Period Garden Park
Sign on fountain.“This is a city owned park that is cared for, planted and maintained all by volunteers of the Mansion Hill Neighborhood working through Capitol Neighborhoods Inc. and the City Parks Department. ¶ All the flowers, plants and trees are paid for with local donations as we do not receive money from the city budget. ¶ Al labor is provided by dedicated volunteers, who give their time and effort to maintain this beautiful park. ¶ Please revere this gift, and leave the grounds as you found it for others to enjoy. ¶ Do not pick the flowers or disturb the plants. www.periodgardenpark.org”
Interior of Weeping Mulberry Tree at the Park image. Click for full size.
By Anna M. Toman, August 22, 2012
19. Interior of Weeping Mulberry Tree at the Park
Fountain and the Timothy Brown House in Winter and Summer image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman (top) Anna M. Toman (bottom), 2010/2012
20. Fountain and the Timothy Brown House in Winter and Summer
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 750 times since then and 35 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week July 28, 2013. Photos:   1. submitted on December 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on December 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   5. submitted on December 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   6. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   7. submitted on December 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   8. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   9. submitted on December 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   10. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   11. submitted on December 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   12. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   13. submitted on December 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   14. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   15. submitted on December 4, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   16, 17, 18, 19. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   20. submitted on July 27, 2013. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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