Ann Grauvogl

In 1908, Chicago-area photographer George Lawrence enchanted Madison with the first aerial view of the city. He was hired by the Madison 40,000 Club to produce a promotional photograph to help Madison grow to a respectable 40,000 people. Lawrence most likely stood where the railroad lines cross in Monona Bay. As many as 15 kites lifted his 65-pound camera over the lake. Read more

A & E


Timothy Hughes

Dangling from the brick fireplace in Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker's near-west-side home are three ornaments: a shiny Santa, a Hello Kitty head with a wreath around its neck, and a miniature "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" book. They are not out early for this year's holiday celebration, but left over from the year before. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

The history of University of Wisconsin-Madison seems readily apparent in buildings like the Red Gym and Memorial Union, in the effigy mounds that are visible on campus or in grand open spaces like Library Mall. But what we can see is only part of the story. Daniel Einstein, program manager of UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, loves the places that are hidden and the tales they tell. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

In a bigger-is-better world, Julie and Craig Martyn are positively countercultural. They're happily ensconced in one of Madison's smallest houses: 600 square feet of living space, plus a bit of room in the basement. Read more

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Eric Tadsen

Walk up Wisconsin Avenue toward the Kennedy Manor Apartments on a summer day, and you're likely to find Fred Mohs - wearing carefully creased jeans - trimming the hedges. es, that Fred Mohs - the lawyer, former UW Regent, real estate developer, iconic downtown supporter, and board member of MGE, the Madison Symphony and Downtown Madison Inc. He owns 60% of the block, including his house on Wisconsin Avenue and, most importantly, Kennedy Manor, the historic apartment building at 1 Langdon St. Read more

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