Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Development must honor our history -- Lee Melahn
0 Comments

Development must honor our history -- Lee Melahn

  • 0

Major cities that are successful in growth and stature find a way to both honor their history and produce a vision for their future. To become and remain architecturally significant, a city needs to honor what was important in its past but also needs to create structures that will become the icons of their future.

Madison has little of its past history preserved. It would be a shame to lose one of Madison’s significant historical and architectural buildings when so few remain. It would also be a shame to see an insignificant run-of-the-mill building go up in its stead.

The problem with the proposed 18-story structure near the Alliant Center isn’t its height but its mundane design and disregard for our past. If housing is a priority, make it memorable. Find a way to integrate the new design by incorporating the Wonder Bar into the design. That doesn’t mean the new structure has to repeat the design of the past, only that it should work with it in harmony or counterpoint.

Neither of the prospects of losing the past or building mediocrity seems like a good solution to me. 

Lee Melahn, Madison

Follow along as Phil Hands shows you how he draws his recent Mendota Marsh comic strip. 

0 Comments

Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Badger Sports

Breaking News

Crime

Politics