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3402 Monroe St.

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Historic Name:Plough Inn
Reference Number:80000127
Location (Address):3402 Monroe St.
Plough Inn
3402 Monroe Street, Madison, Dane County
Builder: Frederick and Amelia Paunack
Date of Construction: 1853

Plough Inn is a significant remnant of Madison's early development. It served pioneer farmers, business travelers, legislators, civil war soldiers, and city visitors. Frederick Paunack was a stonecutter and prominent stone businessman in Madison. He and his wife Amelia constructed the building from local sandstone as a residence. Paunack quickly converted it to an inn as the number of travelers increased on the newly improved Madison-Wiota Road.

This simple vernacular structure has few distinctive elements of the Greek Revival style. These include returned eaves and a shallowly hipped roof. The main entrance, once facing Monroe Street, was reached by a wide, wooden porch. A below grade doorway leads to what was the taproom for the inn. The interior is also simple. A long hall extends from the entrance to the back stairway. In the late 19th century a large parlor located at the front of the house was a common room for the inn.

The building is now Arbor House: An Environmental Bed and Breakfast Inn. It is open to lodging. Please respect the privacy of its owners and guests.

Period of Significance:1850-1874
Area of Significance:Commerce
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Domestic: Hotel
Architectural Style:Greek Revival
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:05/29/1980
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
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, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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