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Belmont Hotel In Madison Clear Again

July 24, 2010

As I walked along at the Dane County Farmers’ Market I looked up at the wonderful old building that is now under restoration on the Capitol Square near the Children’s Museum.  Over the past months a massive cleaning of the facade that now houses the YWCA has taken place.  Today as I looked up I saw the sun-stained highlights of the old name that had been placed so proudly on the building.  After the grime and soot from the decades were removed a piece of history was made more clear to see.  Though one  could see the faded name prior to the cleaning, there is a new clarity to the lettering that harkens back to the days when this old building was impressive in so many ways.  The bright blue skies only added to the image.


  1. Solly permalink
    July 28, 2010 11:52 AM

    There’s a neat site from the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation on brick wall advertisements at:

  2. James permalink
    July 24, 2010 2:42 PM

    The Belmont Hotel is an eleven story residential hi-rise building located in Madison, Wisconsin. The building was built in 1924 in a beaux-arts style. It was a hotel until 1968, and featured and Old English Dining Room. The height of the building instigated Madison’s current height restriction, to protect views of the Capitol Building , which remain in effect to this day. The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

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