Mail-Order Must See
This Victorian is nestled in the heart of Madison’s National Historic Landmark District, only steps from Main Street and signature event venues. Constructed in 1890, it is one of the earliest documented mail order homes built in the United States. With 3 bedrooms, original interior moldings, cove plaster ceilings, 2 decorative fireplaces, side and rear yards, in an amazing location, this is a unique opportunity.
Flour mill owner George Trow built this house and five adjacent houses as investment properties. Trow ordered the homes through his Columbus, IN architect, C.F. Sparrell, from a Chicago maker of mail order homes later popularized by Sears and Montgomery Ward. Shipped in sections by rail to Madison for assembly in the summer of 1890, all six homes still stand and several have been recently rehabilitated.
The house is adjacent to earlier Federal-style homes at the corners of Poplar and Second streets, including the c.1815 Robinson-Schofield House and c.1820 Jeremiah Sullivan House – both house museums – and the c.1816 Talbott-Hyatt House, which Historic Madison, Inc., is rehabilitating for offices.
This Victorian is steps away from Madison’s charming Main Street with its many locally owned specialty shops, within walking distance of local wineries and a microbrewery and just two blocks from the beautiful Ohio River. Many of Madison’s signature festivals take place nearby. Madison’s renowned historic district is literally at your doorstep.
The property is being sold as-is for $134,900 by Historic Madison, Inc., one of Indiana’s oldest historic preservation non-profits, and will be protected by an exterior preservation easement that attaches to the deed. See the realtor’s listing to learn more about the property.