University of Wisconsin

MADISON LANDMARKS

Capitol Building & Capitol Square
2 East Main Street
Madison, WI 53702
(608) 266-0382
The dominating iconic state capitol building sits on a slight hill and towers above the city (building rules limit building heights within one mile of the capitol, which keeps its view from being obstructed). Constructed in 1917 of 43 varieties of stone from around the world, it boasts the only all-granite dome in the US, measuring at over 200 feet tall.  Surrounding the capitol building is Capitol Square, lined with shops and restaurants and home to the famous Dane County Farmer’s Market.
The capitol is open to the public Mon.-Fri., 8am-6pm; Sat.-Sun. and holidays, 8am-4pm. Free tours of the capitol building are offered Mon-Sat 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm; Mon-Fri, extra 4pm tour; Sun. 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. All times exclude holidays. Tours begin at the information desk. Reservations are required for more than 10 people.

Monona Terrace
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 261-4000

Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed the design for the Monona Terrace Community Convention Center in 1938, but it took nearly 50 years for his vision to come to life. In 1994, construction finally began with Wright’s plans as the basis for the design.  Visit the Rooftop for sweeping views of Lake Monona as well as downtown Madison.  Rooftop is open Sun-Thurs, 8am -10pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-12am. Tours of the facility are offered daily at 1pmThe Gift Shop is open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm and Sun, 11 am-3pm.

Union Corners
An empty site at the crossroads of Milwaukee, East Washington, Winnebago and North Streets is known as “Union Corners,” where a former tavern used to serve as the final stop for Union soldiers before heading to fight the Confederates.  Union Corners is on the east side of Lake Mendota, about 3 miles northeast of downtown near the Madison East Shopping Center.