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The Worser

Saturday, May 1st, 2010
The Worser

The Worser

Long ago, there was a small, but very busy tavern known as The Worser at the northwest corner of Main and Pinckney streets, right on the capitol square. As the story goes, the name of the establishment was born out of the owners’ difficulty in obtaining a liquor license. In 1838, as they were putting the final touches on their newly constructed two story frame building, owners Abner Nichols and Jacob George applied for a tavern license. For whatever reason, their request was denied. On being refused, they proudly declared that if they could not open a tavern, then they would open something worser. And so was named the tavern.

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Another Ghostly Hangout?

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Albert & Lavinia Austin House

308 North Pinckney Street
Austin House Floor Plan

Austin House Floor Plan

This two-and-one-half-story frame Queen Anne residence was built in 1901 for Albert E. Austin and his family. Austin moved to Madison from rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin to enter the employ of F.A. Gill’s shoe store, which Austin later owned and operated until 1915.  Austin died in 1925, and his widow converted her home into a two-unit residence in 1929. She lived in the house until 1940. In the late 1940’s an additional unit was built on the third floor. From about 1955 until 1979, when the building was vacated, it housed apartments and an office on the second floor. During these years, it was owned by a succession of investors.

Pinckney Street, Circa 1900

Pinckney Street, Circa 1900

Austin’s shoe store was located at 3 S. Pinckney, on the Capitol square (very near the Worser).

From an ad in the UW Wisconsin Yearbook, Class of 1907: The best of everything put in shoes you will find in A. E. Austin Co. They have the style, wear and comfort which is hard to find in all makes.

Source: Historic American Buildings Survey
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.


Gone But Not Forgotten

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Like friends and family who’ve crossed over, the buildings in these photos are gone, but not forgotten. The vibe lingers, and we still enjoy.

UW Woman's Hall, Circa 1890

UW Woman's Hall, Circa 1890

UW Woman’s Hall

Demolished; current site of Chadbourne Hall
420 N. Park St., Madison, Wisconsin
Architect: A.C. Isaacs
Date of construction: 1871

In 1870, UW President Dr. Paul A. Chadbourne secured an appropriation of $50,000 from the Wisconsin legislature to construct this building to house women students. The award was the first appropriation that the legislature ever made to the University, and it came a few years prior to the official adoption of co-education. Now that’s foresight.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.

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Spooky Places in Madison

Thursday, October 1st, 2009
UW Armory and Gymnasium, Circa 1899

UW Armory and Gymnasium, Circa 1899

UW Armory and Gymnasium
(Red Gym)

716 Langdon Street, Madison, Wisconsin
Architect: Conver and Porter
Date of construction: 1894

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.



David Johnson House<br />Circa 1899

David Johnson House, Circa 1899

David Johnson House

423 North Carroll Street, Madison, Wisconsin
Construction Date: 1853, 1891
Wisconsin Architecture & History Inventory (AHI) #: 37007
District: Mansion Hill Historic
Style: Italianate

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.