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Learn more about some historic landmarks in Madison’s neighborhoods

This one’s for the history buffs. Take a walk back in time with us as we check out some historic landmarks around the isthmus.

608 Kendall House

The Kendall House, then and now, at 104 E. Gilman St. | Photo via WI Historical Society, WHI-36698 and 608today

Any plaque readers out there? If so, we’re mitigating some legwork, and bringing the info to you.

Madison has 182 designated historic landmarks. While many are attention grabbers — MG&E Powerhouse, Orpheum, Breese Stevens Field — we rounded up a few of the more unassuming landmarks that you may unknowingly stroll past.

Boutell House, 4522 E. Buckeye Rd.
Built: 1923

608 Boutell House

The Boutell House, then and now, at 4522 E. Buckeye Rd. | Photo via WI Historical Society, Ref. # 95251 and 608today

Designated: 2001
The Landmarks Commission describes this as “one of the best residential examples of the Georgian Revival style” in the city, one of only 30 left in the state. You’ll notice its perfectly centered front door leading to the enclosed entry porch, a tell-tale sign of this popular early 20th-century style.

Eggiman House, 857 S. Shore Dr.
Built: 1936-1937
Designated: 1995

608 Eggiman House

The Eggiman House, then and now, at 857 S. Shore Dr. | Photo via WI Historical Society, Ref. #-29208 and 608today

The Eggiman House is Wisconsin’s lone Motohome by American Houses, Inc. These homes emerged during the Great Depression costing $3,500 to $7,200. It boasts 1930s high-tech features like a steel frame, aluminum foil insulation, and pre-stamped outlets.

Kendall House, 104 E. Gilman St.
Built: 1855
Designated: 1972

608 Kendall House

Kendall House, then and now, 104 E. Gilman St. | Photo via WI Historical Society, WHI-36698 and 608today

This 12-room home serves as a time capsule of 1850s architecture in Wisconsin. Made of yellow sandstone, it sits on “Madison’s most historic corner” at the intersection of North Pinckney and East Gilman along with the Keenan, Pierce, and Bashford houses.

Larson House, 1006 Grant St.
Built: 1911
Designated: 1996

608 Larson House

The Larson House, then and now, at 1006 Grant St. | Photo via WI Historical Society, WHI-25682 and 608today

It’s the big house with the hedges in the Vilas neighborhood — IYKYK. Peek over the grand shrubbery to see this quintessential Prairie style home. If it looks familiar, it’s because the architects, Claude and Starck, are responsible for many homes around town. Their signature flare shines through via dark red brick and stucco See: The Collins House.

Suhr House, 121 Langdon St.
Built: 1886
Designated: 1974

Suhr House

Suhr House, then and now, at 121 Langdon Street | Photo via WI Historical Society, Ref. # 39049 and 608today

Architect John Nader designed this home for immigrant John J. Suhr, Sr., known for founding the German-American Bank — aka the American Exchange Bank.

Willett S. Main Building, 101-105 State St.
Built: 1855-1856
Designated: 1995

Willet Teddywedgers

Willett S. Main Building, then and now, at the end of State Street. | Photos via WI Historical Society, Ref.# 48541 and 608today

This triangular sandstone building is one of Madison’s oldest commercial structures. It’s been home to grocers, shoe stores, and the original Keeley’s Palace of Sweets. Today, you’ll find Teddywedgers, Tobacco Mart, and Clary’s Popcorn here — the essentials.