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A Summer Solstice Evening Walk in the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood

  • June 20, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Tenney-Park Shelter, 402 North Thornton Avenue
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  • Members may register a guest.


Free to PLATO Members and Guests

Registration is required

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

We will follow Dane County COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of the walk.  By registering for this event, you:

  • Agree to wear a mask if you are unvaccinated.  Fully vaccinated participants do not need to wear masks unless they feel more comfortable doing so.
  • Acknowledge that going on the walk is voluntary and a personal decision. PLATO recommends full compliance with safety standards: masks, social distancing, and handwashing. We are not responsible for enforcing public health orders. 
  • Understand that PLATO may decide to cancel the walk based on changing health conditions and/or a new public health order from Dane County.

The Walk

Celebrate the summer solstice with a  a leisurely 3-mile evening walk through the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood located on Madison's near east side.  The walk will be held on Sunday, June 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The rain date will be Monday, June 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

We will be  begin by walking through historic Tenney Park where we will view the Tenney Park vintage postcard sculptures. 

That will be followed by a stroll through the five block Sherman Avenue Historic District.  Nearly all the houses in the district were built as single-family homes for middle-class families. Since most of them were built between 1890 and 1920, early twentieth century styles predominate. Of the 80 houses in the district, about a third are Queen Anne or Shingle styles. Another third are Craftsman or Prairie styles, and the rest consist of period revival styles.

At Gorham street we will head west,  passing the Leitch House, a masterpiece in the Gothic Revival style.  At Blount street we will see the spectacular  gardens surrounding Mendota Lake House Inn.

We will then head south two blocks to Dayton street, the location of  Madison's first African-American neighborhood.   Heading east on Dayton street  we will pass a number of beautiful gardens including the Lapham School garden.   At N. Ingersoll/E. Dayton we will take a one block detour to view the new Madison Youth Arts Center  before returning to Tenney Park.

Tenney Park Vintage Postcard sculpture

Leitch House

Gardens at Mendota Lake House Inn

  Sign at E. Dayton/N. Blount

Dayton Street Garden

Madison Youth Arts Center

About Our Tour Guide

Our tour guide will be Bob Shaw, a PLATO member and  40-year resident of the neighborhood.

Background Information

Read more about the history behind the houses we will be viewing at

The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood: A Walking Tour

The Old Market Place Neighborhood: A Walking Tour

Historic Housing in Tenney-Lapham

Driving and Parking Instructions
Meet at the bridge at the Tenney Park shelter, 402 N. Thornton Avenue.   Enter N. Thornton Avenue on Sherman Avenue by the locks.  There are plenty of parking spots by the shelter. 


There are a few moderate hills on the walk.  There are curb cuts at every intersection.

Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering his message clearly as possible.  This will help us maintain outdoor social distancing requirements.

The restrooms and drinking fountain will be open at the Tenney Park shelter.

General Guidance

PLATO has the right to cancel any event if it is apparent that the activity itself does not comply with the current guidelines.  PLATO can also cancel any activity if there is an increase in COVID cases (or hospitalizations or deaths), which would increase an infection risk for the participants.

Questions?  Contact trip leader Bob Shaw at  robert.e.shaw@gmail.com or by phone at 608-255-3486.

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PLATO Office Operations
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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