Historic Madison, Inc.
A local not for profit historic preservation organization founded in 1960
Enriching our community’s future by valuing its past.
Madison’s endurance since its founding in
1809 can be attributed to its location on the Ohio River. Beautifully nestled
against the protective hills of Southern Indiana, this community flourished
during the early heyday of the river. Settlers migrating from eastern seaboard
states into the Old Northwest Territory resulted in Madison developing a large
collection of important early architecture with the construction of thousands of
homes, a large commercial district, and industrial facilities. Many survive
In 1960 Mr.
and Mrs. John T. Windle founded Historic Madison, Inc., a not for profit
historic preservation organization. The organization has played a key role for
the preservation, restoration, education and development of Madison’s 133 block
historic district. John Windle believed that the past was prologue. He believed
that Madison’s future rested in improving the physical assets already present.
While other communities were modernizing and removing its history, Madison began
to rebuild and improve its historic resources.
Historic preservation has contributed to the overall economic and
cultural development of the community. Madison’s historic district contains a
rare intact collection of early 19th and 20th century architecture with the
amenities and conveniences of a twenty-first century neighborhood. Historic
Preservation and indeed, Heritage Tourism have been a major contributing factory
in sustaining and moving this Indiana river town forward. The area beneath the
hill along its beautiful riverfront consists of approximately 1500 historic
residential, commercial and industrial structures.
Today, under the leadership of John M. Stacier, Historic Madison,
Inc. has made a huge impact in the city of Madison. The organization owns,
operates and maintains 17 properties; four of the properties are open as museums
and others are opened for special programs. The organization is an advocate for
the preservation and sensitive development of the historic district. Although
the National Park Service has already designated the city as a National Register
Historic District, Historic Madison, Inc. is currently spearheading the
nomination to designate the entire city historic district a National Historic
Landmark District, the highest recognition an historic site can receive on a
Madison’s architecture has achieved the recognition of numerous
architectural historians and preservationists across the country. Madison
currently has two individually listed National Historic Landmark properties
within the historic district which has focused increased attention on the
significance of the city’s built environment. We hope you will enjoy this site.
Come for a Visit . . . Stay for a Lifetime!