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Benjamin Walker Castle

Benjamin Walker Castle | Painting | Wisconsin Historical Society
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.
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:Winifred Ford watercolors, 1938-1939
Genre:Painting
Original Format Type:paintings
Original Format Number:PH 1669.40 (5)
Original Dimensions:24 x 19 inches
SUBJECTS
Architectural details
Stone buildings
Plants
Trees
Architecture, Domestic
Lawns
Cities and towns
Neighborhoods
Lakes

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