Lothlorien Housing Collective is one of Madison's oldest and most storied housing co-ops, hosting regular community meals and live music parties? Here’s a video tour of the house, thanks to a visitor who spent some time there as part of a 2006 cross-country bicycle tour. The co-op hosted the riders on their trip from Everett, Wash., to Washington, D.C.
The co-cop is nearly 35 years old; as described in its official history:
“Since our founding in 1973, Lothlorien Co-op has striven to provide a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for people of all ages, sexes, races and sexual orientations. Many of our housemembers are politically active in queer rights, labor rights, environmental and feminist movements, and our home is an open resource to activist groups like: Food Not Bombs, Stop the War, Radical Cheerleaders, and the Madison Art Collective. We often host benefit concerts, fiestas, coffeehouses, and other events providing the city of Madison with good times. Based in egalitarian ideals, house decisions are made through modified consensus at weekly house meetings.”