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Construction Begins On AC Hotel Madison Close to Lamp House

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 08, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Eric last modified Sep 07, 2015

A recent article on Madison.com reports that a groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 26, 2015 for the AC Hotel Madison, a 10-story Marriott property at 1 N. Webster St., one block from Madison, WI's Capitol Square. I asked Michael Bridgeman, who has been keeping all of us up-to-date on Lamp House-related news, to provide his insights into how this development impacts the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. Find out his reply after the jump... Michael...




 

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 8.16.20 AMA recent article on Madison.com reports that a groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 26, 2015 for the AC Hotel Madison, a 10-story Marriott property at 1 N. Webster St., one block from Madison, WI's Capitol Square. I asked Michael Bridgeman, who has been keeping all of us up-to-date on Lamp House-related news, to provide his insights into how this development impacts the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. Find out his reply after the jump...

Michael writes:

"The story is a pretty good nutshell of what led to getting the hotel approved. The parcel for the hotel does not abut the Lamp House property, but it is tall enough to raise the issue of casting shadows on the house. The special Lamp House Block plan addresses concerns that the house not be adversely affected by shadowing, particularly the top level which had been a roof garden. Shadow studies are required for new projects and the hotel will be tall enough to shade the house for some portion of the day and for some portion of the year. That was known at the time the developer's revised plan was reviewed and approved by the Plan Commission and Common Council. Since the plan does not have the force of ordinance, this sort of judgment call is permissible.

The special plan for the Lamp House block is a good one and is a document that city staff and developers must heed when projects are proposed and developed. But it is not iron clad. My fear continues to be the bit-by-bit, piece-by-piece erosion of the context for the house."

Thanks Michael, hopefully the negative impacts will be as negligible as possible to protect the Lamp House's integrity. We'll be sure to keep readers informed of this story as it progresses. You can read the Madison.com article here.

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