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Part of the Madison skyline as seen from Lake Monona, with Monona Terrace in the middle and the capitol directly behind it.
Monona Terrace (lake view)
Monona Terrace (view from Lake Monona)

Monona Terrace (officially the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center) is a convention center on the shores of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol from Monona Terrace
View of the Wisconsin State Capitol building overlooking Monona Terrace and the water fountain

Monona Terrace is located two blocks from the Wisconsin State Capitol building in downtown Madison.

From the roof of Monona Terrace, one can see views of downtown Madison, including the Capitol and a panoramic view of Lake Monona.

Design

Wright made several alterations to the design of Monona Terrace during his lifetime. Although the exterior design is Wright's, the interior as executed was designed by former Wright apprentice Anthony Puttnam of Taliesin Associated Architects.

Construction

The building was constructed by J.H. Findorff and Son Inc., a southern Wisconsin contractor .

Facilities

The facility hosts over 600 conventions, meetings and weddings each year that result in an average of $52 million in economic activity for the region. Monona Terrace also runs free community programs that serve approximately 56,000 people each year. Monona Terrace also offers guided tours, a gift shop, a rooftop cafe (warm weather months only), and serves as the home for some of the community's events including the national radio variety show Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, Dane Dances, Ironman Wisconsin, and U.S. Bank Eve.

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Coordinates: 43°4′18″N 89°22′50″W / 43.07167°N 89.38056°W / 43.07167; -89.38056

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