10 Babcock Dr., University of Wisconsin campus | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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10 Babcock Dr., University of Wisconsin campus

National or State Register of Historic Places
10 Babcock Dr., University of Wisconsin campus | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Agricultural Dean's House
Reference Number:84003627
Location (Address):10 Babcock Dr., University of Wisconsin campus
Agricultural Dean's Residence
10 Babcock Drive, Madison, Dane County
Architect: Conover & Porter
Date of Construction: 1897

The Agricultural Dean's Residence housed the founder and first Dean of the College of Agriculture, William Henry. Henry began work for the University of Wisconsin as a botany professor and director of the experimental farms. His pleasant and unassuming personality, coupled with a direct and honest approach, gained the respect and friendship of many students, farmers, and state legislators. This enabled him to initiate new programs, attain funding for new campus buildings, and further the research and development of the College of Agriculture. Among his contributions are the Short Course in Agriculture, the Farmers' Institute, leading research in livestock feeding, and the establishment of Agriculture Hall, Hiram Smith Hall, and the Stock Pavilion.

This beautiful and grand Queen Anne residence exemplifies Conover and Porter's careful attention to detail. The two-story house incorporates cream brick set on a cut stone foundation, a three story round corner tower, a two-story window bay, and a second story corner balcony over the main entrance. The roof features red shingles with white gabled dormers. Gothic arched windows lie beneath the gables on three facades, while the gable on the north facade extends down to form a covered porch. Both the interior and exterior wooden trim feature delicate Gothic details, a signature element of Conover and Porter's work.

Dean Henry worked closely with the firm on his house and had plans for the grounds as well. His goal was to have one of every Wisconsin native plant represented. In 1989, the university created the Allen Centennial Gardens on the grounds as a horticultural teaching garden, which is also open for public enjoyment. The house presently contains the offices of the Agricultural Research Stations.

Period of Significance:1925-1949
Period of Significance:1875-1899
Period of Significance:1900-1924
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Education
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Applicable Criteria:Person
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Education: Research Facility
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Conover & Porter
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:09/20/1984
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:1
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:1
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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