Located in the Highlands area of Madison’s west side, Brittingham House is the official residence of the University of Wisconsin System president. It is used frequently for receptions, business meetings, and other public events.


The Brittingham House stands on a hilltop proudly overlooking the Highlands area of Madison’s west side. Thomas E. Brittingham and his wife, Mary Clark Brittingham, commissioned influential architect Frank Riley to build the elegant Georgian-style home in 1916. Because it was to be their final residence since their marriage in 1889, Mr. Brittingham dubbed the dwelling “Dunmuven,” a whimsical name by which the house is still known to members of the Brittingham family.

Brittingham House 2006

A contemporary photo, 2006.

Brittingham house 1916

“Dunmuven,” now known as the Brittingham House, circa 1916, the year it was built.