We are very fortunate to live so close to Hoyt Park, the gem of near west Madison. Hoyt Park was designated a City of Madison Landmark on October 2, 1995. Its origins can be traced to the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association founded in the late 19th century. The park contains many depression-era structures made as part of the Works Progress Administration and the Civil Works Administration. These include the large central shelter house, the maintenance and rest room buildings and over two dozen stone fireplaces scattered around its 22+ acres.
The world was diffuse and monochromatic this day, offering an eerie winter backdrop for the signature WPA shelter house that inhabits Hoyt Park’s big meadow. It’s a rare sight: the pastel limestone structure is the only color out here today. In spring and summer, the green of the trees and the blue sky overpower its subtle tones. In fall, the turning leaves draw the eye. But today, there’s a lot of grey, a lot of white, and the soft tones of the stone.
One famous person is immortalized in this shot.
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