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

Irene and Robert Connor Residence

1920

 
 
Irene and Robert Connor Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
1. Irene and Robert Connor Residence Marker
Inscription. This Colonial Revival house was built for Robert and Irene Connor, daughter of lumber magnates Anna and Cornelius Collins who lived next door. Irene took over the position of vice-president of the family firm. The house is significant for its association with the Connor and Collins families, and as one of a group of three family homes in close proximity (640, 646, and 704 E. Gorham) representing a pattern of family living that was common at the turn of the century. The architect is unknown but the design is attributed to Claude and Starck, the firm that designed the other two Collins homes.

Designated on February 1, 1993
 
Erected 2011 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 101.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.938′ N, 89° 22.877′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Gorham Street and North Blount Street, on the right when traveling west on East Gorham Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 640 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
Irene and Robert Connor Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
2. Irene and Robert Connor Residence Marker
The marker is to the right of the front walk.
. Anna and Cornelius Collins Residence (a few steps from this marker); Bernard - Hoover Boat House (within shouting distance of this marker); Collins House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln School (about 500 feet away); City Horse Barn (about 600 feet away); Here was Madisonís first African-American neighborhood (about 700 feet away); Thomas / Hill Grocery and Residence (about 800 feet away); Miller House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Irene and Robert Connor Residence. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This Colonial Revival house features an interesting floor plan: the stairs to the second floor are immediately in front of the main entrance, similar to many of the old Colonial houses on Cape Cod. The house was built for Irene Connor, daughter of Anna and Cornelius Collins who lived next door at 646 E. Gorham, and her husband Robert Connor. When Anna Collins died, her daughter Irene took over the vice-presidency of the family's lumber concern."
 
Also see . . .  The Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the house (pdf). (Submitted on November 8, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Irene and Robert Connor Residence image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
3. Irene and Robert Connor Residence
Irene and Robert Connor Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
4. Irene and Robert Connor Residence Marker
This is the side of the house facing Lake Mendota.
640 and 646 East Gorham Street, with 704 East Gorham Street in the Background image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
5. 640 and 646 East Gorham Street, with 704 East Gorham Street in the Background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 603 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 7, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on March 18, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on November 8, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   5. submitted on March 18, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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