Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 5 (Feb. 1950)
From governor's mansion to graduate center, pp. 5-7
"Unlimited possibilities for the future From Governor's Mansion to Graduate Center Report on; the Regents: January Meeting .TT Th4 LlI." ! -' +U1. - T.."4- TT-- -_- -Tf I I 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 FEBRUARY, 1950 O11U1i 0 . ~VVe; VVILIIIIILLCC, leI 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 aLdILCIL WL conlliiLb bilte tIulnlsutll. 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 memorial." 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: (Continued on page 6) 5 4441the /3?Ildi 9 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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