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

Buell House

1894

 

—Conover & Porter —

 
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By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
1. Buell House Marker
Inscription. Designed for Madison attorney Charles Buell in the Shingle style with Queen Anne proportions and ornament, this house was the first built in University Heights. Called "Buell's Folly," it was the work of Madison architects Allen D. Conover and Lew F. Porter. The house is one of the few remaining Madison Shingle structures built in a style significant to the rise of American architecture in the Midwest.
 
Erected 1974 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 22.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.265′ N, 89° 25.103′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Ely Place and North Prospect Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Ely Place. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 Ely Place, Madison WI 53726, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elliott House (within shouting distance of this marker); Gilmore House (within shouting distance of this marker); Morehouse House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ely House
Buell House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
2. Buell House Marker
This is the southeast, turreted corner of the house. The marker is on the ground between the sidewalk and the street near the walk to the front entrance of the house.
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smith-Ogg House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bradley-Sigma Phi House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Terrace Homes Apartments (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Buell House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "When prominent Madison attorney and real estate developer, Charles E. Buell and his wife, Martha, built this imposing house for their family in 1894, it was the first one built on the crown of University Heights. The house was quickly dubbed 'Buell's Folly' by local wags and the earliest pictures of the Heights, taken from Bascom Hill, show why. The house sat in solitary but highly conspicuous grandeur on a naked hillside outside of town in a location which did not seem to bode well for the future. It was Buell, however, who had the last laugh. When he died in 1938, his fine home was completely surrounded by the homes of Madison's elite, many of which rested on lots sold by Buell himself.

"Buell's house was designed by the prominent local firm of Conover and Porter,
Buell House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
3. Buell House
This is the southwest corner of the house.
and is a fine example of the late Queen Anne style deeply influenced by shingle style examples. Conover and Porter and best remembered today for their castle-like 'Old Red Gym' and Science Hall on the UW campus."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers for buildings designed by Conover.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the house (pdf). (Submitted on March 26, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Architecture; Queen Anne style
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Buell House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
4. Buell House
This is a view of the northeast corner of the house from North Prospect Avenue.
Buell House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
5. Buell House
This is a view of the northwest corner of the house from North Prospect Avenue.
Buell House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 19, 2011
6. Buell House
Another view of the northeast corner of the house.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 823 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 28, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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