North Hall (University of Wisconsin)

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North Hall, University of Wisconsin
North Hall, UW Madison.jpg
North Hall (University of Wisconsin) is located in Wisconsin
North Hall (University of Wisconsin)
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°4′32.45″N 89°24′10.65″W / 43.0756806°N 89.4029583°W / 43.0756806; -89.4029583Coordinates: 43°4′32.45″N 89°24′10.65″W / 43.0756806°N 89.4029583°W / 43.0756806; -89.4029583
Built 1851
Architect John F. Raque
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 66000021
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]

North Hall, University of Wisconsin was the first structure on the University of Wisconsin campus. Located on Bascom Hill, it was built in 1851 at a cost of $19,000. John Muir resided in North Hall when he was a student at the University from 1860 to 1863.[2] It currently houses the offices of the political science faculty at the university.[3] Muir knoll, across the street, was home to the first American university ski tournament in 1920.[2]


The original developmental plan for North Hall was produced in 1850 by Chancellor John Lathrop and illustrated by architect John Rague.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.[4][5]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b McClelland, Harold E. "Oldest Buildings Saw U.W. Reach Manhood." Wisconsin State Journal [Madison] 21 Nov. 1948. Print. UW Madison Archives.
  3. ^ A Brief History of North Hall--The First Building Constructed on the University of Wisconsin Campus[1]
  4. ^ "North Hall, University of Wisconsin". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  5. ^ Blanche Higgins Shroer and S. Sydney Bradford (May 1975) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: North Hall, University of Wisconsin, National Park Service and Accompanying 3 photos, exterior, from 1975.

External links[edit]

  • North Hall in The Buildings of the University of Wisconsin