Langdon Street Historic District

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Langdon Street Historic District
601 Henry Street, Langdon Street Historic District.JPG
A house within the district.
LocationRoughly bounded by Lake Mendota, Wisconsin Ave., Langdon, and N. Lake Sts., Madison, Wisconsin
Area19 acres (7.7 ha)
NRHP reference #86001394[1]
Added to NRHPJune 26, 1986

The Langdon Street Historic District is located in Madison, Wisconsin.


What is now the district has historically been home to some of Madison's most prominent residents.[2] Among them have been jurists Romanzo Bunn and John B. Winslow and University of Wisconsin faculty members Joseph Jastrow and Frederick Jackson Turner.

Levi Baker Vilas was among the first to settle in what is now the district. Vilas had been a member of the Vermont House of Representatives and the Vermont Senate and would be elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. His son, William Freeman Vilas, was also a member of the Assembly and of the United States Senate and served as United States Postmaster General and United States Secretary of the Interior.

The neighborhood has also showcased the work of several prominent architects. They include David R. Jones, Claude and Starck, Frank M. Riley, Law, Law & Potter and J. T. W. Jennings.

The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and on the State Register of Historic Places in 1989.[3]


Langdon Streets now home to "Greek Row" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is well known for its Fraternity and Sorority houses.[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Carol Lohry Cartwright (1986). The Langdon Street Historic District: A Walking Tour (PDF). City of Madison. p. 1. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  3. ^ "Roughly bounded by Lake Mendota, Wisconsin Ave., Landgdon, and N. Lake Sts". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  4. ^ Mosiman, Dean. "UW students seek Langdon-area historic district". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 28 March 2019.