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Brief Yahara House History

The Clubhouse space is its own separate establishment from its auspice agency. Yahara House has four levels and our 3 departments are on three different floors.  In 1994, Yahara House acquired a building specifically for the Clubhouse, which allowed us to create a new vision and future for our community.  We were able to move out of a small, box-like 1950’s building into a historic mansion.  


Overlooking Lake Mendota, Yahara House sits in a residential neighborhood on a wide gracious lawn, where we have a flower garden, a vegetable garden for the fourth year, and a compost bin.  There are

 8,700 square-feet of usable indoor space.  Department space is well organized for Clubhouse work. 

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Painting by Yahara House member, Mary

The Kayser House was built in 1902 by a local architectural firm that would later become one of the foremost practitioners of the Prairie School style of architecture.  Our building is a distinctive blend of classical details, stained glass, oak paneled rooms and massive windows that draw natural light into virtually every room.  Between 1914-16 the Kayser House was a hub of Madison political and social life, when Mr. Kayser was the Mayor of Madison.  In 1980 our building was designated a Madison Landmark by the Madison Landmarks Commission.  It is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.   

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