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Madison — Celebrating 150 Years

Buildings and Places

Native Americans

Ancestors of modern Native American tribes lived in the Madison area almost 12,000 years ago. Artifacts, campsites, villages, cemeteries and earthworks document their presence in the region. Earthen mounds are the most visible remnants of these early peoples. Built for burial and other ceremonial purposes, only about 20 percent of these mounds remain today.


The Architecture of August Kutzbock
August Kutzbock designed a wide array of buildings in Madison during the 1850s and '60s. His work included the second state Capitol, the Gates of Heaven Synagogue, and Governor Leonard J. Farwell's octagonal house.

Architecture and History Inventory (AHI)
The AHI contains information on buildings, structures and objects in Madison. A wide range of historic commercial and private properties are listed.

National Register Database
The National Register database contains information about National Register listings in Madison. Examples of listed properties include historic districts, individual buildings, parks, bridges, locomotives, and archaeological sites.

Please respect owner privacy: Most properties listed on the National Register are privately owned and are not open to the public. Please respect the owners' privacy and avoid trespassing on private property. View properties only from the public right-of-way.

Images of Madison Places

Images of Madison Places and Buildings
Wisconsin Historical Images contains thousands of photographs, maps, drawings and paintings of Madison.

Buildings in the 200 block of State St., with the Orpheum Theater as focal point. The theater marquee reads "New Orpheum".
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