St. Michael The Archangel
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The land for St. Michael the Archangel Church was donated by John McIntyre in two lots in 1837 and 1838. St. Michael, located at 519 E. Third Street was the second oldest surviving Catholic Church in Indiana. In its infancy, the church welcomed immigrants, particularly of Irish descent, who came to Madison to build the Madison-Indianapolis Railroad.
St. Michael served as a focal point for significant events in the life of the Catholic community. As a result of the renewed Liturgy of Vatican II in the 1960s the local Catholic community moved to one church facility concept. With that came the decision of the Archdiocese and the local parish to discontinue the use of a Church in the building.
It is uncertain who designed the church, the young Francis Costigan, architect and builder, a member of the pioneer parish, is considered by many to have been involved with the design and building of the church. Costigan would later design and build the residences of J.F.D. Lanier and Charles Shrewsbury as well as other Madison buildings.
Although no religious ceremonies presently can be held, it continues to be rented for cultural presentations, special events and tours. Yunker Endowment provides operational funding for St. Michael the Archangel. For more information on rental or tours by appointment, contact the HMI Office at 812-265-2967.