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

Smith and Lamb Block

David R. Jones, Architect

 

1876

 
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By William J. Toman, October 7, 2014
1. Smith and Lamb Block Marker
Inscription. Designed by David R. Jones[,] one of Madison's early prominent architects, the Smith and Lamb Block is an example of the Gothic Revival style and the only known commercial building of that style in the city. Executed in red and cream brick and sandstone creating a polychromatic effect, it rests on a cut stone foundation and is ornamented with ogee arches over the doors and windows. Jones' influence on the character of Madison lies in both the buildings he designed and the future generation of architects he trained, including Edward Starck, O.J. Williams and F.W. Paunack.

Designated September 13, 1993
 
Erected 2014 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 103.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.368′ N, 89° 23.058′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of South Hamilton Street and West Main Street, on the left when traveling north on South Hamilton Street. 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. Jackman Building (a few steps from this marker); Mohr / Christoffer Block
Smith and Lamb Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 7, 2014
2. Smith and Lamb Block Marker
The marker is on the right side of the South Hamilton Street side of the building.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Baskerville Apartments (within shouting distance of this marker); Way of the Cross at Cathedral Place (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); What would you have seen here 14,000 years ago? (about 500 feet away); Hotel Loraine (about 500 feet away); This city was planned in 1836 (about 500 feet away); Grace Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Smith and Lamb Block. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "When attorneys George Smith and Francis Lamb announced plans for their new block, the newspaper said it would have 'a novel and attractive appearance.' The building was designed in the unusual High Victorian Gothic style, which featured medieval arches and two-toned brickwork. The only other building in this style in Madison is Music Hall on the UW campus, also designed by D. R. Jones. Over the years many prominent attorneys have had their offices in this building."
 
Additional keywords.
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By William J. Toman, October 7, 2014
3. Smith and Lamb Block
This is the West Main Street side of the building.
architecture
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Smith and Lamb Block image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 7, 2014
4. Smith and Lamb Block
Detail of the capital of the column supporting the ogee arches mentioned in the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 14, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2, 3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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