North Hall

1050 Bascom Mall     Built 1849-51     by John F. Rague
Madison Landmark   National Register   National Historic Landmark

May, 1850 15-year old Daniel Tenney, who apprenticed as a bricklayer, helps lay cornerstone. September 17, 1851 Opens. The First UW Building & contained the entire University for four years

Built with Madison sandstone and hand-hewn tamarack timbers Tall narrow windows and low-pitched roof suggest Italianate influence, popular in Madison at the time First three floors were dormitory space for up to 65 students, 4th had lecture & study rooms, faculty offices. Heated by wood burning furnace, later replaced by stoves in each room.

John Muir lived here while a student in 1863.

A fire in 1884 destroyed the main classroom.