A photographic survey of cottages on Lake Mendota.
This book is a photographic record of the remaining cottages on Madison's Lake Mendota. In my youth, much of the lakefront was dotted with small, well seasoned summer cottages that stood on finely proportioned, tree speckled lots. The lake, and the people lucky enough to live there, had room to breathe. That vision of the shoreline is a vanishing one as lakefront property values have exploded over the past two decades. With the increase in property values comes an increase in square footage of the homes, leading to a more densely packed shoreline that has quite dramatically changed the appearance and personality of the lake. In short, the natural desire for these larger modern homes has led to the steady and rapid removal of the lake cottages that once contributed so greatly to Lake Mendota’s accessible charm and character. The collection of images culminates in a 12" x 12", 128-page, 4-color, hard cover book that will stand as a testament to Madison's humble beginnings on Lake Mendota.
©JEFF STRAHL 2010