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Walker Castle

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DESCRIPTION

The sandstone house known as Walker's Castle was located in the 900 block of East Gorham Street. According to newspaper articles, it was built in about 1861 by an Englishman named Benjamin Walker, who moved to Madison with his wife and three children. After they moved back to England in about 1863, the property was sold to William Thompson, who resided there for several years with his family. After being vacant for many years, ownership passed to Timothy Brown, a prominent businessman. Sometime after he died in 1879, his son Frank demolished the castle and used the stone to construct the home of J.L. Tormey at 137 E. Gorham Street and part of the building at Carroll and Langdon streets. By 1930 a house was built on the lot by Dr. Arthur Sullivan (930 E. Gorham). Since about 1940 the site has been occupied by the Christ Presbyterian Church.

RECORD DETAILS

Image ID: 29806

Creation Date: 1938 ca.

Creator Name: Ford, Winifred

City: Madison

County: Dane

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Ford, Winifred Watercolor Collection

Genre: Painting

Original Format Type: paintings

Original Format Number: PH 1669.40 (5)

Original Dimensions: 24 x 19 inches

SUBJECTS

Architectural details

Architecture

Architecture, Domestic

Botany

Cities and towns

Dwellings

Human settlements

Lakes

Lawns

Neighborhoods

Plants

Stone buildings

Trees

Water

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