The Madison Historical Society offers its Historic Building Plaque Program to owners of all town properties that predate 1930. The purpose of the plaque program is to call attention to the historic character of Madison and give recognition both to its early buildings and to the people who built or resided in them. Madison is important both as an early shoreline settlement, including farms, shipbuilding ventures, and small industries, and as a popular summer resort town. The local architecture reflects these distinct periods in Madison's heritage.
In addition to the name of the Madison Historical Society, each plaque lists the date of the building construction, the name of the original owner, and the occupation of that owner. To qualify for a plaque, the building must be visually recognizable as an historic building, and its history must be documented according to Madison Historical Society procedures. The dating of a structure is done by deed research (and other primary source information) as well as by an architectural review.
Deed research is conducted by
, who brings to the program her eight years of experience as an historical consultant for the Norwalk, Darien, Rowayton, and New Canaan historical societies. Her work includes research for National Register historic districts and state historic districts, as well as deed research for the aforementioned historical societies.
in this endeavor is architectural historian James Sexton, Ph.D., who studied at Yale University and wrote his dissertation on the Guilford/Madison area. He provides the necessary architectural expertise for dating Madison's historic homes and other structures. He has worked with many Connecticut historical societies and has experience working with other plaque programs. He recently worked with the Madison Historical Society to update the Madison Historic Resource Inventory, a survey of Madison's historic buildings.
In addition to the plaque, the owner of the structure receives a history of the building, a deed report, and an architectural report. At the present time, the MHS can complete the research on 10 to 12 historic properties per year. We create a schedule on a first-come, first-served basis. We contact each building owner on our waiting list 30 days in advance of beginning the research and documentation of each property. We encourage owners to contact us at their earliest convenience to add their request to our waiting list. We thank all historic property owners for their patience and support of this important initiative.
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Note: Binders on all of the currently plaqued structures, with architectural reports, deed research, maps, census records, genealogy, and other related information, are available for review by the public at the MHS administrative offices during our regular business hours.