The newly renovated and restored Washburn Observatory won a Madison Trust for Historic Preservation 2010 Award in the category of Civic Rehabilitation.
The observatory, built 1878, was rehabilitated for modern office use and is now the home of the L&S Honors Program. The telescope is used by the Department of Astronomy for public viewings.
The rehabilitation was made possible by San Orr of the Nancy Woodson Spire Foundation, and Steve Skolaski of the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation. Their leadership and support brought new life to this iconic campus building.
- Madison Trust for Historic Preservation 2010 Awards (Wisconsin State Journal)