Wednesday, February 28, 2018

UPDATE. Then and now and now again: Park Hotel/Inn on the Park/Park Hotel, Madison Wisconsin

Now again.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Original 9/8/2015 post starts here.

Then.   A 1930s-era postcard view.  (From Retiring Guy's collection)

From "Lost Madison:  Photo Exhibit".  (Madison Public Library)
With its mansard roof, elegant detail and prime Capitol Square location, the French Second Empire-style Park Hotel was hailed as "one of the handsomest of its kind in Wisconsin" when it opened in 1871 at the corner of South Carroll and West Main Streets. Built of Milwaukee cream-colored brick and Madison sandstone, the four-story hotel had 118 sleeping rooms with marble fireplaces, "ladies' and gentlemen's balconies," and a special suite reserved for the governor. The building, seen in this mid-1870's photo, saw the addition of a neo-classical facade in 1911 and then the building was demolished in 1961 to make way for the Park Motor Inn, "Madison's newest motor hotel," now called the Inn on the Park.

Other Madison Then and Now posts:
U.S Post Office and Courthouse/Madison (WI) Municipal Building.  (9/2/2015)
City-County Building.  (9/1/2015)
Veterans Administration Hospital. (8/27/2015)
The Red Gym:  When will the unobstructed view return?  ()7/22/2015)
UW-Madison College of Agriculture.  (7/22/2015)
Wisconsin State Historical Society.  (7/21/2015)
UW-Madison Memorial Union.  (7/21/2015)
240 West Gilman.  (9/6/2013)
North Carroll Street between West Johnson and West Gorham.  (9/5/2013)
East Mifflin & North Pinckney.  (8/30/2013)

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