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

Madison Club

Frank Riley, Architect

 

1916-1918

 
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By William J. Toman, September 26, 2012
1. Madison Club Marker
Inscription. The Madison Club, Madison's premiere social club, was designed in the Georgian Revival style by master Madison architect Frank Riley. Artfully executed in red brick with concrete classical ornament including columns, friezes, portico and urns, the building is among Riley's finest non-residential designs. Teddy Roosevelt, who stayed at the Madison Club on May 28, 1918, informally dedicated the building by raising the Club's flag. Also significant for its association with prominent Madison businessmen and leaders. The Club is the city's oldest, continuously operating social club.

Designated February 21, 1994
 
Erected 2012 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 116.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.356′ N, 89° 22.864′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Wilson Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, on the left when traveling west on East Wilson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 East Wilson Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker.
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By William J. Toman, September 26, 2012
2. Madison Club Marker
This is the East Wilson Street (northwest) side of the building. The marker is next to the right (west) corner of the building.
Olin Terrace (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fairchild Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Men and Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison is an Indian mound capital (within shouting distance of this marker); State Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker); John A. Urich (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Catholic Clubhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Post Office and Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Madison Club. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "The Madison Club was founded in 1909 by business and professional men as a place where they could eat together and discuss the issues of the day. When they decided to erect their own clubhouse, they hired Frank Riley, a young architect who would become Madison's finest designer in the period revival styles. Besides dining rooms, the new Georgian Revival clubhouse also had hotel-style rooms and even 'bachelor apartments.' Women were invited to hold full membership in the 1970s."
 
Also see . . .
1. Madison Club. (Submitted on September 26, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
2. Madison Landmarks Commission
Madison Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 26, 2012
3. Madison Club Marker
. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on September 28, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
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By William J. Toman, September 26, 2012
4. Madison Club
This is the main entrance to the Madison Club, which is on the southwest side of the building facing Olin Park.
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By William J. Toman, September 26, 2012
5. Madison Club
This is the southeast side of the building, which faces the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. The dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol is to the left.
Madison Club image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 26, 2012
6. Madison Club
This is the entrance on the northeast side of the building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 26, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 28, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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