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WISCAPE organizes, sponsors, and co-sponsors events and programs that showcase and promote discussion about the latest postsecondary education issues, trends, and research. Events are most often free and open to the public, but are occasionally offered by invitation only or with a registration fee.

Katherine Cramer Walsh discusses public perceptions of the University of Wisconsin-Madison during a WISCAPE brown bag forum.

Katherine Cramer Walsh discusses public perceptions of the University of Wisconsin-Madison during a WISCAPE brown bag forum.


This Old Red Gym: A Discussion on Historic Preservation and Adaptive Use

Join WISCAPE for a campus talk with Mary Rouse and ​William Tishler ​looking at the past, present, and future of UW-Madison's Red Gym, with a tour of the building to follow.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
159 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison WI
1899 Red Gym

Join the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) for a campus talk with Dean of Students Emerita Mary Rouse and William Tishler, a campus media specialist and UW-Madison alumnus, ​looking at the past, present, and future of UW-Madison's historic Red Gym. A tour of the building will follow.

In the early 1990s, Tishler​ assisted ​Rouse in making a video to raise money for the historic preservation and adaptive use of the Armory and Gymnasium in the heart of campus for student services and organizations.

Thanks to a very generous lead gift from John and Tashia Morgridge, the building was renovated and reopened in 1998. Now commonly known as the Red Gym, it was constructed in 1893-1894 at a cost of $122,058.48, plus $5,657.43 for athletic equipment. The architecture and construction of the building and its many uses by the campus and community over the past 122 years will be described, together with an explanation as to why it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1993.

Since its construction, the Red Gym has been home to a wide variety of events, programs, and services. For example, the state Republican political conventions led by Robert M. “Fighting Bob” LaFollette in 1902 and 1904 were held there. The southeast corner​ -- now the home of the Morgridge Center for Public Service -- was firebombed on January 2, 1970, by the New Year’s Gang. In August of that same year, this group killed a physics graduate student and destroyed the Army Math Research Center in Sterling Hall. Currently, the building is home to services and activities for students and a key part of the student services corridor.

This event is free and open to the public!

​An RSVP is not required to attend the talk, but please let us know you're coming on Facebook and invite your friends!

If you would like to join the building tour, please email Jason Lee so that we can be sure to have enough tour guides.

Jason Lee
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