University of Wisconsin Science Hall

550 N. Park St., Madison, Wisconsin


Front Elevation

As seen from Langdon Drive

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2017




Science Hall is associated with Charles R. Van Hise (1857-1918), who was the first geologist in the Nation to apply microscopic lithology to the extensive study of crystalline rocks, and to use those results in the formulation of geological principles. Van Hise's emphasis on the quantitative application of physical and chemical laws to geological problems was one of his greatest contributions to the science of geology. His influential 1904 monograph, A Treatise on Metamorphism, moved geology out of the science of classification and into formulating principles. As a teacher, Van Hise earned a reputation for training geologists who matched his own high standards in scientific research. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 4, 1993

(Please see Van Hise Rock for an example of Prof. Van Hise's work.)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 4, 1993
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Romanesque
Areas of significance
Science; Communications
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
College; Research facility
Current functions
College; Research facility
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1888; 1903; 1910

Update Log 

  • September 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos