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Historical Essay

Madison's Castle

In the late 1800s there was a castle on the shore of Lake Mendota OTHER than the Red Gym. This is that castle's mysterious story.

Date: 1937 ca.

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright, monitoring the construction and testing of load-bearing pylons for the Johnson Wax Building.

Date: 1937-09-17 

Description: A Star heavy-duty 45-C spudder rig and an International PD-80 diesel power unit stand on a building site at Martin Hoffman, No.3, Forest Development Compan...

Date: 1896 ca.

Description: Group of men posing in front of and on the scaffolding surrounding the Montello School House. The building was completed in 1896.

Date: 1912-11-21 

Description: Two workmen stand in the outlet of a steel draft tube in the power house, while other men work above it. Cars move along the elevated trestle above.

Date: 1912-07-16 

Description: An overview, from the west bank, of the power dam construction site. The high trestle is in the background, and the narrow gauge electric railroad is in t...

Date: 1948-11-17 

Description: Construction scene of the Canada Dry Bottling Company building at 3396 University Avenue. Frenchy's restaurant is in the background.

Photograph

Men at Pike's Peak

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Three men posing on large rocks at Pike's Peak. Harry Dankoler is on the far left with Joe Leighton next to him and an unidentified man on the far right. A...

Photograph

Threshing Crew

Date: 1931 

Description: A group of thirteen men standing in front of a newly constructed barn. Alexander Krueger stands in the back second from left and Edgar Krueger stands in ba...

Date: 1912-12-29 

Description: Elevated view of the progress within the coffer dam shows concrete forms around the draft tubes and gate guides. The high trestle is seen extending to the...

Date: 1955-12-28 

Description: Composite showing how the proposed Monona Terrace Auditorium will look against the Madison skyline.

Date: 1911-05-28 

Description: Men pose on a barge carrying a steam powered pile driver at work on the coffer dam for the construction of the powerhouse.

Date: 1961-08-16 

Description: Foundations are being poured for the new nine-story Wisconsin State Department of Transportation Building on University Avenue and Segoe Road.

Date: 1899 ca.

Description: View of construction workers and stone carvers/cutters (some of them probably Italian) showing the detailed sections of the building of the State Historica...

Date: 1907 ca.

Description: Three-quarter view of front and side of the almost-completed Winnebago School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy. Construction workers are on the building...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Exterior view of several wooden buildings under construction in a field. Identified as Vandrieul, Wisconsin.

Photograph

Oscar Mayer Plans

Date: 1958 

Description: Oscar G. Mayer, Jr., (left) and another Oscar Mayer & Co. official examine plans for a hog immobilization unit to be constructed at the rear of the company...

Date: 1913-05-28 

Description: Completed east portion of the first story of the generator room of the power house. Forms are in place at the west end.

Date: 1911-06-10 

Description: Dining rooms and kitchen at the camp on the construction site of the Prairie du Sac dam. Workers and children pose in front of the dining rooms; there are...

Date: 1961-08-09 

Description: Construction of the University of Wisconsin's new Extension building on Lake Street between University Avenue and State Street.

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