The clouds and buildings here are welcoming us in appropriate form and fashion as we project ourselves into Madison, Wisconsin. We love wandering along the banks of Lake Monona where we find Monona Terrace–a Frank Lloyd Wright design that pre-dates and foreshadows the Guggenheim Museum in New York City but was finally built here only about 15 years ago or so. Frank wanted to build this spirally concrete thing a long time ago, but people in the community fought against it claiming that it would limit access to the lake and obscure the views that residents enjoyed. . .now, however, it is a wonderful public space with cafes, meeting rooms, a fountain, and lots of room for weddings and wedding photos–as we saw during our recent stay in the attached Hilton Hotel where there were no less than three competing wedding parties jockeying for position for drinks, pix, and ongoing celebrations. Popular spot. . .but on Sunday there is no one around, and we have the whole place to ourselves. . .mmmm, aaahh!
Willy Street is not far away, and there are a lot of decent bars, taverns, and restaurants nearby to keep us happy. . .plus, there is a little tragic history here: Otis Redding died here when his airplane crashed into Lake Monona back in December of 1967. They tried to land during a storm and couldn’t make it through. . .damn. . .fascinating to see the things we can learn when we get out and about.
Anyway, we offer a big thank you to all of the folks who pushed to have the Monona Terrace built. . .it is dramatic, accessible, flowing, and energizing. . .we love the Monona Terrace, and we recommend that you check this baby out the next time you find yourself wandering around in Madison, Wisconsin because we know that you will love it too. . .jaaaa!
I send you architecturally scintillating vibes from Madtown. . .feel them. . .they will send a tingle up your spine.
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It’s lovely out there.