Preservation Playground: Madison, Indiana

Last weekend I had the chance to tour the Ohio River town of Madison. My faithful leader (and Ball State historic preservation grad student) gave a great tour of the town, although I must admit Madison kind of speaks for itself. The town was one of the three original Main Street programs launched by the National Trust and continues to be a testament to the success of that program. Tons of local shops thrive in historic downtown buildings from every conceivable architectural period in America, and its no surprise that this area is a National Historic Landmark. And the diversity of styles isn’t limited to Main Street – the residential areas of Madison are just as architecturally eclectic. French Second Empire, Victorian, Federal, Italianate, Greek Revival, even vernacular styles like Shotgun…its all there. So go!

Kate Scott
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Kate is working to survey historic properties in Indiana and serves as our stalwart Communications Committee Chair. She works on advocacy and non-profit preservation projects whenever possible and moonlight as an architectural photographer.

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