Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Cass Gilbert Arch
Today is the 156th birthday of architect Cass Gilbert, who designed this arch in downtown Madison, which used to be the entrance to my old high school, Madison Central. Gilbert is better known as the architect of the US Supreme Court building. Today we're more into historic preservation and would probably have preserved and repurposed the building (which had an auditorium with great acoustics) rather than tearing it down, especially since all that has ever been built on the site is a low-density parking lot. But back in the eighties the building was just seen as old and outmoded and down it went. (I did salvage a small piece of blackboard from the rubble).