Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison.
This graceful building was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright to
complement the capitol building, which is a short walk away. A first draft of
the building was completed in 1938, but it wasn't until half a century later,
that the city built the lakeside center. Daily 8 am-5 pm, guided tours at 1 pm.
The rooftop garden with a view of the lake view of the lake is open daily until
Nathaniel W. Dean House
4718 Monona Drive (eastern
outskirts of Madison)
A pre-Civil War brick home, restored in 1972 and furnished with 19th-century
amenities. The Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society maintains the house as
a living museum to support the study of the Wisconsin farm family during the
Victorian Age. Scheduled events are primarily reenactments of the daily routines
and significant occasions of the family, ranging from laundry days to holiday
celebrations. Free guided tours every other Sunday afternoon (donations
Capitol Square, Madison.
Monday-Friday 8 am-6 pm,
Saturday and Sunday 8 am-4 pm.
Free tours depart from the
information desk on the ground floor Monday-Saturday hourly. 9-3.
This white-domed granite
building was modeled after the U.S. Capitol. It contains 43 kinds of stone from
around the world, elaborate allegorical murals, glass mosaics and hand-carved
furniture. The Governor's Conference Room is styled after a council chamber in
the Doge's Palace in Venice.
Unitarian Meeting House
900 University Bay Drive
(just west of the UW campus), Madison.
This triangular-shaped church, is one of the most interesting Frank Lloyd
Wright-designed buildings in Madison. It is also considered one of the world's
most innovative examples of church architecture. Completed in 1951, the building
has a glass prow in the auditorium that creates the sense of soaring space
without the use of a steeple.
Guided tours are available
May-October Monday-Friday 10 am-3:45 pm and Saturday 9 am-noon (advance
reservations required). Visitors are welcome at Sunday services.
but no tours of the building
are allowed then. free self-guided tours.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus
608-265-9500 for tour
A city focal point since 1848, this 900 acre campus occupies much of the south
shoreline of Lake Mendota west of downtown. One of the largest universities in
the U.S., it contains a mixture of modern and classical buildings and pretty
quadrangles for strolling. There are also about a dozen Native American effigy
mounds on campus. Two are on Observatory Hill, which overlooks Lake Mendota. The
Terrace, located in the student union building, is a popular outdoor gathering
spot for the entire Madison community.