Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The Inn on the Park's triumph of function over form
There has been a hotel at this corner of Madison's Capitol Square for more than 130 years. Over the years it has morphed endlessly , due to renovation, remodeling and even rebuilding. Currently it's known as the Best Western Inn On the Park . Earlier it was known as the Park Hotel, or, as in this 1915 photo which appeared in vfm4's 1915, Madison, Wisconsin Set., the New Park Hotel and Annex. The lower eight floors were built in 1961 and had a certain curvilinear elegance. The addition that was ignominiously plunked down on top in the mid-eighties is a monstrosity, a total, brute force triumph of function over form. But it offers some grand views of the Capitol.