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Roughly bounded by Regent, Allen, Lathrop Sts., and Kendall Ave. (both sides)

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Historic Name: University Heights Historic District

Reference Number: 82001844


Location (Address): Roughly bounded by Regent, Allen, Lathrop Sts., and Kendall Ave. (both sides)

County: Dane

City/Village: Madison



University Heights Historic District
Madison, Dane County
Dates of contributing buildings: 1894-1965

In 1893 former Madison mayor and prominent lawyer, Breese J. Stevens, sold a 106 acre parcel to the University Heights Company for $53,000. The principal officers of the Company were William T. Fish, a prominent contractor and pioneering Madison suburb developer, and Burr W. Jones, a noted attorney. The plat was given a topographically influenced, curvilinear plan. Streets named after past University presidents were intended to appeal to faculty of the nearby University of Wisconsin campus.

Construction on this hilltop neighborhood began in 1894. Large, impressive homes were clustered just below the summit, while smaller houses were built in the north portion of the development. The earliest houses in the neighborhood are examples of the Shingle and the Queen Anne styles. Later homes exhibited Period Revival, Craftsman and Prairie designs. As one of Madison's leading neighborhoods, it features many architecturally important residences including Louis Sullivan's Bradley House, Frank Lloyd Wright's Gilmore House, George Fred Keck's Morehouse House, and many homes by leading Madison architects like Claude and Stark, Alvin Small, and Law, Law and Potter.

The neighborhood housed many of the city's intellectual elite, including numerous University faculty who achieved recognition for their academic and scientific studies. Also located in the district is the home of John Olin, who was instrumental in developing Madison's park system. Upon his death, the large house was bequeathed to the university and serves as the home of the University of Wisconsin system president.

The houses in this neighborhood are private residences. Please respect the rights and privacy of the owners.


Period of Significance: 1893-1965

Area of Significance: Architecture

Area of Significance: Education

Applicable Criteria: Architecture/Engineering

Applicable Criteria: Person

Historic Use: Commerce/Trade: Business

Historic Use: Domestic: Single Dwelling

Architectural Style: Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals

Architectural Style: Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements

Architectural Style: Modern Movement

Resource Type: District

Architect: Multiple


Historic Status: Listed in the National Register

Historic Status: Listed in the State Register

National Historic Landmark Listing Date:

National Register Listing Date: 1982-12-17

State Register Listing Date: 1989-01-01


Number of Contributing Buildings: 397

Number of Contributing Sites: 0

Number of Contributing Structures: 0

Number of Contributing Objects: 0

Number of Non-Contributing Buildings: 3

Number of Non-Contributing Sites: 0

Number of Non-Contributing Structures: 0

Number of Non-Contributing Objects: 0


National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation-Public History, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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