1340 Michigan Road, Madison
How Much Longer Does It Have?
The Loyal Order of Moose property in Madison has an enviable pedigree. Railroad entrepreneur John Brough built the house around 1850 and sold it soon after on his way to becoming governor of Ohio. J.F.D. Lanier—a name famous for his role in shaping Madison and for the house now operated as a museum by the state of Indiana—bought it and passed it on to his daughter Drusilla Cravens. The family kept it until 1938.
The Moose bought the property in 1941 and altered the house to suit their needs. They didn’t need the Cadillac of a barn—a slate-roofed stone and wood structure with elegant arched entrances—and it has declined to a perilous state. The 1906 bank barn has an internal silo, collapsing now, and feeding chutes to main and lower levels from the grain storage floor above.
The Moose can’t afford to repair the failing roof, masonry, and siding, although member Louis Shields has almost single-handedly shored up failing timbers. With restoration, the barn would make an attractive meeting and wedding venue, but the rescue needs to come soon.
Indiana Landmarks Southern Regional Office
Director of Programs
Historic Madison, Inc.
Moose member and barn advocate
Saving threatened buildings takes teamwork. You can be a part of that team. Reach out to local leaders. Let them know these buildings are important to you. And support state and local preservation groups.