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Maeder Building / Ellsworth Block

1871

 
 
Maeder Building / Ellsworth Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 3, 2013
1. Maeder Building / Ellsworth Block Marker
Inscription. The two-story Maeder building and the three-story Ellsworth block were constructed in 1871 as two distinct commercial buildings. Now considered one property, this block is significant as a representative example of the late 19th century commercial building type and as one of the few remaining groupings from that era to remain on capitol square. Constructed of local sandstone, the buildings have been altered but the Ellsworth block retains its distinctive Italianate window surrounds; the Maeder building's arched windows reflect the classical revival style.

Designated April 22, 2008
 
Erected 2012 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 176.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.56′ N, 89° 23.022′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of North Pinckney Street and East Mifflin Street on North Pinckney Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21-23 North Pinckney Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Olson and Veerhusen Building / Hobbins Block (within shouting distance of this
Maeder Building / Ellsworth Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 4, 2013
2. Maeder Building / Ellsworth Block Marker
The marker is just inside the doorway at 23 North Pinckney Street under the red awning.
marker); Winterbotham Building (within shouting distance of this marker); American House (within shouting distance of this marker); Belmont Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Outdoor markets are a Madison tradition (within shouting distance of this marker); Draper Brothers Block (within shouting distance of this marker); American Exchange Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Capitol Square has long been the heart of the city (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Maeder Building / Ellsworth Block. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "The two-story, neo-classical revival sandstone Maeder Building at 21 N Pinckney Street and the three-story Italianate sandstone Ellsworth Block at 23-25 North Pinckney were each erected in 1871 and possess a gently sloping shed roof hidden behind ornamental parapets. Like the Hobbins Block, these two buildings help convey a sense of what downtown Madison was like in the early twentieth century, when
Maeder Building / Ellsworth Block image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 4, 2013
3. Maeder Building / Ellsworth Block
The two-story Maeder Building is in the shadow of the State capitol on the right, and the three-story Ellsworth Block is on the left. The landmark Winterbotham Building and Belmont Hotel are on the far left.
the city’s commercial center had become a sophisticated urban center."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers for Madison sandstone buildings.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on January 3, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. architecture
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Ellsworth Block image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 4, 2013
4. Ellsworth Block
Maeder Building image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 4, 2013
5. Maeder Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 3, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 4, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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