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6 N CARROLL ST (A.K.A. 100 W WASHINGTON AVE) | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Grace Episcopal Church
Other Name:Grace Episcopal Church
Reference Number:16080
Location (Address):6 N CARROLL ST (A.K.A. 100 W WASHINGTON AVE)
Unincorporated Community:
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Year Built:1855
Additions: 1858 1870 1868 1885
Survey Date:1973
Historic Use:church
Architectural Style:Gothic Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Sandstone
Architect:James DouglasDavid R. Jones-1885 interior
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Grace Episcopal Church
National Register Listing Date:1/1/1976
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Map code is 0709-231-0901-5.

This Gothic Revival church dates back to 1855-58 and was designed by James Douglas. It is one of the oldest churches in Madison. [A]. Madison Landmark: 5/24/1976. Guild hall was built in 1894-1895.

Designed by an architect from Milwaukee, this graceful yellow limestone building was inspired by early English Gothic models, appropriate for the American branch of the Church of England. The buttressed Gothic bell tower soars skyward, culminating in a polygonal spire pierced by gabled dormers. Lancet-arched windows and doors, along with finials (originally taller and more elaborate) at the base of the spire, enhance the sense of upward movement. Douglas articulated each successive level of the three-stage steeple by grouping together the corresponding number of windows.

In 1885, local architect David R. Jones, collaborating with a Chicago firm, redesigned the interior. Douglas’s original design had featured a high, vaulted ceiling and Gothic arches outlined in wood, but it proved difficult to heat. The new lowered ceiling stayed true to the original Gothic Revival theme by placing a traditional hammer-beam ceiling below the old vaulting and embellishing it with quatrefoils and a large pointed arch. In the 1920s, the congregation added a second bay to the church and built a chapel along Carroll Street in a harmonious design.

Stained-glass windows were first added in 1887, including an English-made Resurrection Window. The Baptistery Window of 1899 was made by Louis Comfort Tiffany's celebrated New York firm.
Bibliographic References:[A]. "Sandstone and Buffalo Robes." Wisconsin State Journal 3/16/1894. Wisconsin State Journal 1/2/1895. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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