Photos by Retiring Guy
Madison Area Technical College closes Downtown campus, marking end to 98-year history. (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/25/2019)
Opened in 1921, the six-story building at 211 N. Carroll St. (at right in photos) has for nearly a century served thousands of nontraditional students.
For about 50 years, the campus sat next to Central High School, a melting pot of diversity where many immigrants’ children attended, according to Timothy Bruer, a former City Council member who attended Central High School through his sophomore year when the school closed in 1969.
Hotel developer Drury Southwest, which has leased the Downtown site from the college, will begin converting the building into a 207-room Drury Plaza Hotel in July with tentative plans to open in late summer 2021. It also plans to replace an existing parking area along Wisconsin Avenue with a new four-level parking structure, some retail space and 112 more hotel rooms on upper floors.