Lew F. Porter
Camp Randall Memorial Arch1912
Commissioned by the Wisconsin state legislature
The design of the Camp Randall Arch has traditionally been attributed to Lew F. Porter, a Madison architect responsible for UW-Madison’s Armory and Gymnasium. While it is correct that Porter was employed by the Memorial Arch Commission to oversee the construction of the arch, there are no known plans that indicate he significantly influenced its design. Instead, it appears that the original design may have been executed by a draftsman from the Woodbury Granite Company of Vermont.
Two statues of soldiers, the ‘Young Boy Sentry’ and ‘Old Veteran,’ flank the main entrance. The top of the arch features Old Abe, the bald eagle mascot that traveled with the 8th Wisconsin regiment in to battle. The statuary was apparently executed in a local stonecutter’s shop. Two plaques on the arch’s interior walls commemorate the Wisconsin regiments that trained at Camp Randall. The north plaque implores visitors to recall the sacrifices of the soldiers, “Lest We Forget.”
Camp Randall Memorial Arch is located along the edge of Camp Randall Memorial Park near the intersection of North Randall Avenue and West Dayton Street.