Old Monona Market Added to National Register of Historic Places

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – A former supermarket in Monona, famous for its distinctive arched roof, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Historical Society marked the addition of the former Kohl’s Food Store to the national list, describing its design as “an excellent representative of contemporary mid-century architecture.”

The design was mirrored by other Kohl’s food stores in the 1950s and 1960s, the historical society noted, and remains one of the best extant examples in Wisconsin.

The supermarket closed in 1985, two years after the Kohl family sold the chain to A&P. The building, which is in the 4200 block of Monona Dr., has since been purchased by Habitat for Humanity of Dane Co. It now houses one of the organization’s Habitat ReStores.

Beyond its recognizable glulam arch design, the historical society also highlighted the structure’s asymmetrical facade; prominent, overhanging eaves; and open interior floor plan. The building was designed by Milwaukee-based Rasche, Schroeder, Spransy & Associates.

The WHS has more information on former Kohl’s Food Stores here.

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Patrick F. Williams