At just under 10 acres, and with nearly 1,500 feet of Lake Monona shoreline, the property known as San Damiano has been described as epic, iconic, and even magical. The property’s small arboretum of cedars, sycamores, oaks, pines, and apple trees serves as a haven for a wide variety of native and migratory birds, and at least one natural spring still gurgles beneath its topsoil. Perched atop a natural limestone bluff, the property offers breathtaking views of the Wisconsin State Capitol, and a peaceful natural expanse, amidst the bustling sprawl of Madison’s East Side.
San Damiano has remained largely undisturbed for more than 100 years. A singular, Dutch Colonial-Revival manor house, built in 1893-4 and known as the Frank Allis House, still stands on the property in testament to a bygone era.