Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opened its doors after nearly 60 years of debate on July 18, 1997. It was first designed by Wisconsin native and internationally-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938 as a cultural, governmental and recreational building. Wright reworked the design several times between 1938 and 1958 before signing off on the final plans seven weeks before his death in 1959.
1938 Monona Terrace Sketch
Madison voters approved referenda to construct Monona Terrace – on the same site Wright had originally proposed – as a community and convention center in 1992. While Wright´s design was used for the building´s exterior, the interior was redesigned by Wright apprentice and Taliesin architect Tony Puttnam to house state-of-the-art exhibition, meeting and public space.
Today, nearly 390,000 people say “see you at Monona Terrace” each year. From formal events like conventions and conferences to public events like Dane Dances, Monona Terrace has a wide geographic draw, attracting local, regional, state and international events each year.
Must sees include the beautiful William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens, Lake Vista Café, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired gift shop, Frank Lloyd Wright museum, Otis Redding Memorial, and the Madison Sports Hall of Fame.
Video and photo credit: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.
Downtown Madison Self-Guided Tour Stops
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
First Settlement District
The Majestic Theater
Wisconsin State Capitol
The Bartell Theater
Madison Children's Museum
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Madison Public Library - Central Branch
Overture Center for the Arts
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Elizabeth Link Peace Park
Frances Street Plaza
Library Mall and the Confluence
Chazen Museum of Art