The Madison Children's Museum has an unusual vision for its future home at East Dayton and North Hamilton streets. It wants to put a log cabin above a parking garage at the corner.
The cabin, built by the Faistel family around 1840 in Walworth County, was donated with help from the Nature Conservancy.
"This is one of those things where a whole bunch of circumstances conspired, and we realized it would be silly not to build a log cabin on that corner of the property," says John Robinson, the museum's senior exhibit developer.
If the city approves, the cabin should be reassembled late this summer. It'll be decorated and furnished based on research from third-grade classes in the Madison school district.
Robinson can hardly wait: "I've come to love the juxtaposition of this very old cabin in this modern urban setting."