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

Tenney Park

O.C. Simonds & John Nolen, Landscape Architects

 

1900-1911

 
Tenney Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 30, 2011
1. Tenney Park Marker
Inscription. Designed by O.C. Simonds, the founder of the Prairie School of landscape architecture, Madison's first city park emphasizes naturalistic placement of native plant species. The design created lagoons to symbolize prairie rivers and meadows to symbolize the prairie landscape. The lagoons surround a designed island, accessed by five bridges. During expansion (1908-1910) Nolen introduced active elements including playing fields, a sand beach, and playgrounds. The success of the park triggered an era of park philanthropy with residents contributing to additional park development.

Designated May 08, 1995
 
Erected 2011 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 125.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 5.569′ N, 89° 22.305′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Marston Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Sherman Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tenney Park Lock and Dam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sherman Avenue Crossing
Tenney Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 30, 2011
2. Tenney Park Marker
The marker is on a stone between Sherman Avenue, on the left, and one of the park paths, on the right. The A.G. Zimmerman bridge, one of the bridges mentioned in the marker, is in the background at the end of the path.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Tenney Park (approx. mile away); Hirsig House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fuller & Johnson Manufacturing Co. Office Building (approx. half a mile away); Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex (approx. half a mile away); Steensland Bridge (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Steensland Bridge (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Tenney Park. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "Originally 14 acres of marshland, [the Tenney Park] parcel was purchased in 1899 by the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association with a grant of $4,000 from Madison attorney, Daniel K. Tenney. The MPPDA hired Ossian Cole Simonds, a landscape architect, to design a park on the site, intended to serve the families of working men and women who lived near the shops and factories on the isthmus. The park has been expanded and its plan altered several times, but the lagoon and island were part of Simonds' original plan."
 
Related markers.
A.G. Zimmerman Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
3. A.G. Zimmerman Bridge
Of the 5 bridges to the designed island in the middle of the park, this one is the nearest to the marker.
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers related to Tenney.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the park (pdf). (Submitted on November 30, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkEntertainment
 
A.G. Zimmerman Bridge Name Stone image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
4. A.G. Zimmerman Bridge Name Stone
Tenney Park Steel Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
5. Tenney Park Steel Bridge
This is one of the five bridges to the designed island mentioned in the marker.
Steel Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
6. Steel Bridge Marker
Steel Bridge and Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
7. Steel Bridge and Bridge Marker
Tenney Park Pavilion and Steel Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
8. Tenney Park Pavilion and Steel Bridge
John Wall Family Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
9. John Wall Family Pavilion
This is a closeup of the new Pavilion that opened in November 2011.
Tenney Park Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
10. Tenney Park Pavilion
This is a view of the pavilion from one of the footbridges mentioned in the marker.
Marston Avenue Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
11. Marston Avenue Bridge
This is one of the bridges to Tenney Park's designed island, as mentioned in the marker. This bridge is probably the most deteriorated.
Thornton Avenue Footbridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
12. Thornton Avenue Footbridge
Tenney Park Playground image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 1, 2011
13. Tenney Park Playground
The playground is in the middle of the park on the designed island.
Daniel K. Tenney image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 12, 2012
14. Daniel K. Tenney
This portrait of Daniel Tenney (for whom the park is named) hangs in the Wisconsin State Law Library.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 765 times since then and 53 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week January 1, 2012. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 2, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   8. submitted on December 3, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   9. submitted on December 2, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on December 3, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   14. submitted on April 19, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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