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Tenney Building

The Art Deco Tenney Building on the northeast side of Madison's Capitol Square is the latest structure in the city to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. 

One of Madison’s finest examples of Art Deco architecture has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Tenney Building, at the corner of East Main and South Pinckney streets on Capitol Square, joins two other area structures added to historic-building lists last week.

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service in the Department of the Interior. The Wisconsin Historical Society administers the program in Wisconsin.

The Tenney Building, designed by the Madison architectural firm Law, Law and Potter, was started in 1929 and completed in 1930 at a cost of $1.2 million.

“It has been an important city of Madison landmark since the day it was first occupied, and is Madison’s finest privately owned Art Deco style high-rise office building,” the Historical Society said in announcing the placement of the building on the register on Monday.

The Art Deco motif found inside and outside of the Tenney Building includes “bands of geometric ornament” of cut stone and terra cotta, bronze lighting fixtures and grill work, marble walls and a marble floor in the lobby, and polished bronze elevator doors, the Historical Society said.

Last week, the Maple Bluff Boy Scout cabin at 296 Woodland Circle was added to the National Register of Historic Places, while the Neo-Gothic Revival-style Luther Memorial Church at 1021 University Ave. was added to the State Register of Historic Places.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.