Taliesin Preservation

Will UNESCO designation for some Frank Lloyd Wright buildings mean more tourists? Wisconsin business owners and tourism officials are hoping for more international traffic. Read more

Visual Arts 3 Comments


Linda Falkenstein

These steel-paneled, barrel-roofed sheds and work buildings have been a big part of defining Madison’s look, particularly on the near east side, for more than a century. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments


Beth Skogen

Two young architects built about 50 modern, affordable homes from 1935 to 1941 in the Madison area. A large cluster of these International Style homes remains in Monona’s Frost Wood neighborhood. Read more

A & E

For 167 years, UW-Madison has been constantly growing and evolving. Much of this change has been by design, as planners craft a master plan for the future every 10 years. UW-Madison — and higher ed in general — could be in for radical changes. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments


Eric Tadsen

Madison College’s Michael Ford is an architect with a hip-hop sensibility. In his teaching and his design work, he’s working to diversify the field and bring the two aspects of culture closer together. Read more

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Bex Finch

Hip-hop, haiku and Hodgman: these and more made the top 10 of 2015 in arts & culture. Read more

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Zane Williams

So long to a building — and an era. St. Paul’s, the concrete beacon at the foot of State Street, has an appointment with the wrecking ball. Read more

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Eric Tadsen

Legendary architect Kenton Peters has an easy way to improve public access to Lake Monona: build a park over John Nolen Drive. He’s been promoting the concept for decades. Will Madison finally make it happen? Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments


George Hall

It was built in 1917, but it wasn’t until recently that a Madison resident learned that her west-side home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The news has gone viral and global. Read more

A & E


Chris Collins

Inspired Heights gives ex-cons and recovering addicts a lift — both figuratively and literally. The Illinois company, which specializes in renovating churches, is restoring the steeples of Madison’s First Congregational United Church of Christ. Read more



Paulius Musteikis

Madison is rich with treasures, including 100 structures on the National Register of Historic Places. But five local historic districts include much of the city’s most valuable land, leading to recurring battles over development. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories


Denise Thornton

When we set out to build our new home, we knew that every decision would have both immediate and long-term environmental consequences. Underhill House is both our home and a laboratory for testing green shelter materials and techniques. Read more

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"Isthmus" staff writer Joe Tarr reported on the use of computer-based architectural renderings for proposed Madison developments in the February 28 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

Technology has made it possible to render nearly picture-perfect views of new development, but determining their accuracy is not so easy. "I don't trust them," says Ald. Ledell Zellers, who sits on the city's Plan Commission. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

They've been familiar sights on the Madison skyline for decades -- some for a century and a half. Yet most of us know little or nothing about them. They are the isthmus' historic places of worship. Read more

Isthmus Giving

The new Central Library features elements such as environmentally conscious design, a fully equipped media lab, designated "quiet" and "busy" spaces, and "light wells" to brighten lower-level spaces naturally. It will join the ranks of contemporary l Read more

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Joseph Engle

Madison's Central Library houses a wealth of history, not only in books, but in beams, bookends and bubblers. The renovated space makes its public debut on Saturday, Sept. 21, nearly two years after it closed for its makeover. Read more

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Linda Falkenstein

Downtown was treated to lost treasure and a ghost story this summer " a "ghost sign," that is. Ghost signs are flaking, dimly seen advertisements painted onto the sides of buildings. Most were created in the first half of the 20th century. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

The good news is that Aaron Bohrod's mural will be restored as a centerpiece of the remodeled Central Library. The bad news is UW-Madison is poised to demolish Bohrod's historic studio, one of the oldest buildings on campus. Read more

A & E

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union is undergoing a multi-stage "reinvestment" renovation. Phase I, including renovation of the Union Theater, is complete. Phase II is expected to be completed in 2017. Read more

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