Originally designed by Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright, it was first proposed by Wright in 1938. The county board rejected the plan by a single vote. Wright would continue to seek support for the plan (and alter its design) until his death in 1959.In 1990, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin resurrected Wright’s proposal. Among the arguments against its construction, opponents argued that it wasn’t a genuine Wright building, that the costs were too steep for the tax payers to bear and that the construction would adversely affect the environment, specifically destroying the view of Lake Monona from street level on the south side of the Capitol Square. The proposed construction was put to a public referendum in 1992 and it passed. Construction began two years later.
In 1997, nearly sixty years after Wright’s original inception, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opened its doors.
Monona Terrace is located two blocks from the Wisconsin State Capitol building in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.
From the roof of Monona Terrace, one can see views of downtown Madison, including the Capitol and a panoramic view of Lake Monona.