Monona Terrace® Community & Convention Center | 20th Anniversary
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, one of Madison’s most famous residents, originally proposed a design in 1938 for a “dream civic center” that would link the shores of Lake Monona to the State Capitol. Today, the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, a stunning building that spans 90 feet out over the waters of Lake Monona, stands in the spot that Wright first proposed.
This year, the Monona Terrace celebrates the 20th anniversary of its opening in July 1997. Wright’s original plans for the spot included a rail depot, marina, courthouse and city hall, and was defeated by one vote by the County Board in 1938. Madison voters narrowly approved Wright’s project in 1992 with construction on the building finally beginning in 1994.
Music fans will want to find the memorial plaque and bench dedicated to legendary soul singer Otis Redding, who died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967, in Lake Monona. The memorial is located in the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden and overlooks the spot where Redding’s plane went down.