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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.

 

2 Comments
  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: http://www.madisontrust.org/gallery/brickads/index.html

  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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