Mendota Boathouse

Date: 1893
Address:
City: Lake Mendota, Madison, Wisconsin           
Category: Recreational
Restoration Status: Demolished in 1926

Wright was awarded the commission for the Mendota Boathouse in Madison after submitting drawings to a competition in 1893. The structure provided storage for watercraft and served as a recreational space that afforded views of the boating events and races that took place on the lake. With a semicircular loggia and two towers connected by an arch, the building was likely modeled after the Newport and Narragansett Casinos, waterfront destinations designed by McKim, Mead, and White on the East Coast.


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