Madison Historic District

Aerial View of Madison historic district showing the First Congregational Church and the Town Green, Source: Bing.
Historic/Common Name:
None
Town:
Madison »
Year of Establishment:
2006
Historic Designation:
LHD, SR
District Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
District Character:
Town Center, Town Green
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

Madison historic district is located along the Boston Post Road in the area flanking the town's Green. It includes the traditional center of the town and the properties along the roads that form the northern, southern, eastern and western borders of the Green. The story of Madison's historic district before the town was established and the Green was laid out. Madison began as part of the town of Guilford, which was settled by a group of colonists under the leadership of the Reverend Henry Whitfield in 1639. Guilford was enlarged to the east twice in its early years. In 1641 it grew through the purchase of land, much of which is the western part of modern-day Madison, from the local Native Americans. Then in 1650 it was expanded again, this time by the gift of land from George Fenwick of the neighboring community of Saybrook. This land makes up the eastern half of the town. While little remains from the earliest days of Madison, the historic district does include a house from this era, the c. 1675 Grave house at 581 Boston Post Road. [2]

Significance of the district:

For more than three centuries, The Green has been the center of the community life in the town of Madison. It dates from the earliest days of the community when it was used as common pasture and the site for the first meetinghouse. While the geographic center of the population, the economic center of the community, and the civic center of the town have all moved away from the Green, it retains a symbolic place in the heart of the community. The Green and the buildings that surround it have the added value of providing a visible reminder of the growth of the community, as the District contains representatives of many of the architectural styles employed through out the town. These examples are especially powerful sine many of them retain significant architectural integrity. The buildings in the district represent many of the architectural styles that have been popular since the community was settled. From the earliest houses in the area to its most recent buildings, the district serves as a catalogue of the community's architectural trends. The Green remains the focal point of the residential neighborhood that developed around it and continues to be the civic and religious center of town. Its broad expanse is still used as a public gathering place for community events. [2 & 3]

District Boundary:

Starting on the north side of Meetinghouse Lane at the intersection with Copse Road, the northern boundary runs easterly along the rear lot lines of the properties on Meetinghouse Lane and School Street across Academy Street to include the property at 581 Boston Post Road. The eastern boundary follows the eastern property line of 581 Boston Post Road, proceeds westerly along the centerline of Boston Post Road, then follows the easterly property line of 558 Boston Post Road on the south. The southern boundary runs westerly along the rear property lines of 558 through 438 Boston Post Road, except that at 8 West Wharf Road, it follows a line that connects the rear corners of 498 and 448 Boston Post Road. The western boundary line follows the western property line of 446 Boston Post Road, proceeds easterly along the centerline of Boston Post Road, then follows the western property line of 1 Advent Hill. The north boundary line follows the rear property lines from 1 Advent Hill west along Boston Post Road and Britton Lane to Copse Road where it follows the centerline of the road to the starting point. [2]

Features:

The district includes the Green, the former town hall, a school, an historic house museum, two churches and twenty-three houses.

Use:

Residential, Religious, Educational, Government, Park.

Architectural Style:

Colonial, Classical Revival, Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne.

Era:
17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century.
Sources:

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.madisonct.org/.
[2] Madison Historic District, Report of the Historic District Study Committee, 2006, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Significance of the Green adopted from the website www.towngreens.com.
[4] Assessors information and Parcel IDs retrieved from the study committee report [2].

Notes:

None

Links:
Map:

Map of Madison historic district retrieved from Madison Historic District, Report of the Historic District Study Committee, 2006, SHPO Library, Hartford.

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Disclaimer:

The list of the designated properties and the parcel IDs has been obtained from the Madison Historic District, Report of the Historic District Study Committee, 2006, SHPO Library, Hartford. For further information on the district, the user is urged to contact the respective district authority.

Date of Compilation:
10/31/11
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation