Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Frank Riley, Architect
Designated March 16, 1999
Erected 2011 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 139.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
Location. 43° 4.48′ N, 89° 23.3′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of North Fairchild Street and State Street, on the right when traveling north on North Fairchild Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 State Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker Orpheum Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Lamb Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schubert Building (about 400 feet away); Willett S. Main Building (about 400 feet away); Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (about 400 feet away); Grace Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Grace Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); Wootton - Mead House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Kessenich's Building. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This imposing French Renaissance style building was erected for Kessenich's Dry Goods store, which specialized in women's clothing. With the involvement of the Yost family, the business eventually became known as 'Yosts,' a name that many people remember it by today. The elegant materials, craftsmanship and design of the building were meant to convey the high quality of the goods inside. In 1940 it was said to be 'one of the first large stores on State Street .. credited with being largely responsible for the business development of that thoroughfare.' The façade of the building has been retained as part of the Overture complex."
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a
Also see . . . Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on January 18, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
Additional keywords. Architecture
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 464 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 17, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.