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

Olson and Veerhusen Building / Hobbins Block

1899 / 1906

 
 
Olson and Veerhusen Building / Hobbins Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 3, 2013
1. Olson and Veerhusen Building / Hobbins Block Marker
Inscription. This block is comprised of two buildings constructed seven years apart. Although altered, this block is significant as a representative example of the commercial building type and the early history of local commercial architecture. This building type was common at the turn of the 20th century, but now few groupings of late 19th and early 20th century commercial buildings remain in Madison. Of note are the Mediterranean Revival style elements visible at the second story which includes arcaded windows and exuberant stylized foliate motifs executed in glazed terra cotta.

Designated April 22, 2008
 
Erected 2012 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 175.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.554′ N, 89° 23.004′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of North Pinckney Street and East Mifflin Street, on the right when traveling north on North Pinckney Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7-11 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. American House (a few steps
Olson and Veerhusen Building / Hobbins Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 4, 2013
2. Olson and Veerhusen Building / Hobbins Block Marker
The marker is just inside the doorway portal at 7 North Pinckney Street.
from this marker); Maeder Building / Ellsworth Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Outdoor markets are a Madison tradition (within shouting distance of this marker); American Exchange Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Winterbotham Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Capitol Square has long been the heart of the city (within shouting distance of this marker); Belmont Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Draper Brothers Block (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Olson and Veerhusen Building / Hobbins Block. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, these buildings were designed by Claude and Starck, and "The Hobbins Block is part of one of the few groupings of nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial buildings remaining on the Capitol Square. The block conveys a sense of what downtown Madison was like in the early twentieth century, when the city’s commercial center had become a sophisticated urban center. The Olson
Olson and Veerhusen Building / Hobbins Block image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 4, 2013
3. Olson and Veerhusen Building / Hobbins Block
The Olson and Veerhusen building is on the right and the Hobbins block is on the left.
and Veerhusen Building, on its own, presents a good example of early twentieth century commercial architecture that typically displays a long rectangular footprint and narrow façade overlooking the street."
 
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
 
Hobbins Block image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 4, 2013
4. Hobbins Block
Olson and Veerhusen Building image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 4, 2013
5. Olson and Veerhusen Building
Olson and Veerhusen Building image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 4, 2013
6. Olson and Veerhusen Building
This is a close-up view of the window and parapet ornamentation.
Olson and Veerhusen Building image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 4, 2013
7. Olson and Veerhusen Building
This is a close-up of the glazed terra cotta surrounding the windows.
 
 
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 224 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 3, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 5, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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