Thursday, July 14, 2016

Dean's Residence, 10 Babcock Drive

This past weekend, I revisited the Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison. In addition to the beautiful gardens, the UW Madison landmark includes a stately Victorian Gothic house that was once the home of the first four agricultural deans of the university. 

Built in 1889, the house is now on the list of the National Register of Historical Places. Placement on the historical registry helped save the building from the encroaching claws of the ever-expanding university. The structure is currently undergoing renovation and will be repurposed as a student center.

The exterior still has some beautiful details such as this window. I wonder how much of the original interior ornamentation still exists. I hope that when the interior is completed, it will be open to tours. 

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