by Theresa Marche, Friends of Sid Boyum conservator
It all started out slowly, but inexorably at 237 Waubesa Street, a small residential property on the east side of Madison, WI. Owner, photographer, and neighborhood eccentric, Sid Boyum had a thing for Asian cultures, Japanese in particular. So of course he would build a Japanese-style teahouse and garden in his small backyard. Early photos show an open lawn with a small red and yellow teahouse in the back corner, with a large torii gate between two small (but deep) fishponds. A tiny bridge, just for show, and an open Japanese-styled picnic pavilion completed the scene. There was Sid in a kimono, to welcome guests to one of the many parties enjoyed in that setting.