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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 5 (Feb. 1950)

From governor's mansion to graduate center,   pp. 5-7

Page 5

"Unlimited possibilities for the future
        From Governor's Mansion to Graduate Center
                        Report on; the Regents: January Meeting
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     sity of Wisconsin alumnus who
     left his fortune to cultivate in
the Wisconsin student body "ideals
of honesty, sincerity, earnestness,
tolerance, and social and political
obligations," are a step closer to
reality today.
  University Regents at their Jan-
uary 14 meeting    approved long-
range plans for a graduate student
center to be located on the property
of the old governor's mansion on
Lake Mendota. The historic site at
130 East Gilman St. had been for
sale since the legislature purchased
a new governor's residence in Maple
Bluff last spring. Purchase of the
property is not to exceed $60,000
from accumulated earnings in the
income account of the Kemper K.
Knapp fund..
  (Knapp was the Wisconsin alum-
nus and prominent Chicago attorney
who left an endowment of more than
$2,000,000 to the University to aid
the teaching of ideals of citizenship
to University students.)
  Prof. William H. Kiekhofer, Uni-
versity economist and "Mr. Chips"
of the Madison campus, first inter-
ested members of the Graduate
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Knapp committee, and Gov. Oscar
Rennebohm in University acquisition
of the property. He pointed out the
"unlimited possi:bilities for the fu-
ture" which the property holds as a
center of advanced study and as a
state historic shrine.
  This disposition of the executive
mansion was informally approved by
Governor Rennebohm, and he au-
thorized  State Engineer Charles
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The University's purchase of the
95-year-old house and 52,000 square-
foot lot for use as a graduate stu-
dent center was recommended to the
Regents by the faculty Knapp com-
mittee and by the executive commit-
tee of the Graduate School.
  Regent Frank J. Sensenbrenner,
adding his endorsement, called the
plan "another opportunity for mak-
ing Kemper Knapp's dream of a
better University come true."
  Pres. E. B. Fred foresees "great
possibilities" in the center for de-
veloping future leaders in many
fields. "Because of the crowded con-
ditions since the war, not enough at-
tention has been given our graduate
students," he said. "The center plan
will give us a chance to broaden our
program of advanced training and
at the same time preserve a fitting
  President Fred is "confident that
the retention of the governor's house
and lot in state hands will greatly
enrich the effectiveness of the Uni-
versity and the life of the entire
state in the years to come."
  He listed these tentative plans for
the property:
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  The f o r m e r governor's man-
sion which will soon become a
graduate student center, has
been praised both by modem
architects and connoisseurs of
the historic for its "personality
and distinction."
  The house was built of brown
Madison sandstone in 1854 by
Julius T. White, later a Civil War
general. The land was originally
owned by James Duane Doty, a
territorial governor of Wisconsin.

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