Madison, Indiana Preservation Honors, Awards And Distinctions
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- Two thousand acres of Madison’s National Register District, containing over 1,600 historic properties has been designated a National Historic Landmark, the result of a unique cooperative agreement between the National Park Service, State of Indiana and County of Jefferson, in conjunction with Historic Madison, Inc., a non-profit preservation organization.
- First Lady Laura Bush designated Madison as Indiana’s first Preserve America’s Community in 2004, with the presentation made by representatives from the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
- Madison’s entire downtown of approximately 133 blocks (over 2,000 structures) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Two National Historic Landmark properties, the Lanier Mansion and the Shrewsbury-Windle House are located in the National Landmark district.
- The Historic American Building Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record of the National Park Service have documented more than 43 historic sites and structures in Madison’s National Register District.
- Madison was one of the three original Main Street Pilot Project communities. The National Main Street Center logo is adapted from a glazed brick prevalent in Madison.
- Urban Initiatives named Madison’s Main Street a Great American Public Place in 1995.
- Main Street is part of the Ohio River National Scenic Byway, designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1999.
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized Madison in 2001 as one of twelve Distinctive Destinations in the United States.
- Historic Madison, Inc. received a 2004 National Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the restoration of the Schroeder Saddletree Factory.
- The American Association for State and Local History, the Federal Highway Administration and the State of Indiana has recognized the Schroeder Saddletree Factory restoration for excellence in preservation.
- The ca. 1849 African Methodist Episcopal church building has been recognized for its significance by a Save America’s Treasures grant.
- The National Park Service designated Madison’s historic Georgetown neighborhood as America’s first Network to Freedom district, in 2004, in recognition of its significant role in the Underground Railroad movement. The State of Indiana installed an Indiana Historical Marker describing Georgetown’s importance in aiding freedom seekers.
- In June 2007 Midwest Living named Madison number four on its list of the top 100 places to visit in the Midwest.
- In 2013 the National Park Service launched a travel itinerary of Madison on its web site, https://www.nps.gov/subjects/heritagetravel/discover-our-shared-heritage.htm
- Madison was named a finalist in the America’s Best Communities Competition 20167, sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH, The Weather Channel, and CoBank. Madison was one of eight finalists from across the nation out of over 400 that applied.
- Madison has been nominated as a “Crown Community” as well as the “Best Main Street”,2016.
- Madison was listed as one of the “top twenty Romantic towns in Indiana” by Country Living, 2017.
- Madison Area Arts Alliance founded as a nonprofit- Nov. 2014; Selected as an official Indiana Cultural District.