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Historic Name:Tenney Building
Reference Number:100001775
Location (Address):110 E Main ST
Tenney Building
110 East Main Street, Madison, Dane County
Architect: Law, Law and Potter
Construction Date: 1930

Located on the Capitol Square directly across from Wisconsin’s State Capitol building, the 10-story-tall Tenney Building has been an important city of Madison landmark since the day it was first occupied in 1930 and it is one of Madison’s two finest Art Deco style high-rise office buildings.

The Tenney Building is a large L-plan building that occupies a parcel that makes up the south corner of the block upon which it sits, its two granite and limestone-clad principal facades face southeast onto E. Main Street and southwest onto S. Pinckney Street, and its first story is given over to commercial enterprises while its upper nine stories are given over to office space.

It was developed and partially owned by members of Madison’s historically prominent Tenney family and occupies the site of this family’s earlier, three-story-tall rectilinear plan, brick-clad, Italianate Style Tenney Block, which was built in 1877.

The family’s new, much larger Tenney Building was designed by Law, Law, and Potter, which in 1930 was Madison’s largest architectural firm, and it is an excellent example of the Art Deco style whose design has a pronounced vertical emphasis and features such typical Art Deco motifs as bands of geometric ornaments that are made out of both cut stone and terra cotta and highly decorative bronze lighting fixtures and grill work. In addition, the building’s lavishly decorated elevator lobby, which features boldly colored marble walls, a marble floor, polished bronze elevator doors, bronze lighting fixtures, and other polished bronze elements, is one of Madison’s finest Art Deco style interiors as well.

Period of Significance:1930
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Commerce/Trade: Business
Architectural Style:Art Deco
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Law, Law & Potter
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:10/26/2017
State Register Listing Date:08/18/2017
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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