412 West First Street
Head Hostesses: Jacqueline Overpeck, Jane Durst, Kelli Hertz
This craftsman style early 20th century home is a catalog mail order house. Between 1908 and 1940 more than 200,000 American families purchased a new home from catalogs. Catalog homes were advertised as “well designed homes at a moderate price”. The mail order house gave thousands of Americans the opportunity to live the American dream to own a home.
The house built next door at 414 West First Street is built from an identical kit, as a mirror image. The kits were delivered by rail car, which included everything – floors, walls, windows, even trim work. The lumber was numbered and the houses were assembled on location. Throughout the century this home has undergone various remodels on the inside, but the outside design remains the same.
Some highlights include: original wooden floors, bay window, built in bookcases, working fireplace, and special furnishings from worldly travels of the homeowner.
Holstein Home (Previously Known as the Shuh Home)
718 West Main Street
Head Hostesses: Nadja Boone and Maureen Staicer
This magnificent historic Greek revival house, circa 1850, is located in the heart of Madison on Main Street. With the design attributed to the famous architect, Francis Costigan the Holstein Home is in a unique class along with grand houses such as the Lanier and Shrewsbury mansions. The present owner has done restoration on the central stairs to bring them back to the original design. The downstairs floors have been refinished to the beautiful cherry inlay 1900’s floor, and historically accurate wallpaper has recently been added. The house, formerly known as the Shuh house, showcases many details and objects that will interest visitors! Don’t miss this Main Street gem!
Francis Costigan Home
Historic Madison Inc.
408 West Third Street
Head Hosts: John Staicer, Executive Director and President
Rhonda Deeg, Director of Programs
Francis Costigan Home-This home was built by prominent Madison architect, Francis Costigan for his family in 1850. Some of the outstanding architectural details include a sliding pocket door at the main entrance, dual cast iron fire places, and a bowed/curved southeast end.
633 Broadway Street
Head Hostesses: Marta Belt and Becky Anderson
This noteworthy shotgun style home is believed to have been built around 1853 to 1858 when O’neill Bayly and James Stuart Irwin owned the property. The land was first purchased by Sarah Paul, wife of John Paul, who sold it to John Sering and George Leonard in 1836. John Sering, was one of the first 8 settlers to Madison. The home was bought and sold or transferred about 15 times. Eventually, Louis O'Banion bought the house in 1946 from Clara Dalhover Born and it was in the O'Banion family for 62 years prior to being purchased by the current owner, Julie Brown.
Lisa and Steven Kelley live in this quaint shotgun that is owned by a relative, Julie Brown. The extensive two-year renovation was completed in 2010. Many features from the renovation include the rebuilding of original windows, front entry door and front entryway and an original mantle in the living room. Original exterior lap siding has been used in areas around the house, and other unique original pieces. The original Sitting Rock located in front of the home is thought to have been acquired locally, has been sitting in its current location for over 50 years and will remain as a remembrance.
This home is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes.
Two Sisters B&B
Mary Frasier, Madonna Wilson
618 East Second Street
Head Hostesses: Madonna Wilson and Tanya Besse
The house, built circa 1860, was once home to Julius & Franny Hoffstadt, one of the first Jewish families to settle in Madison. The Hoffstadt’s operated clothing stores in the 100 block of Main. Later owners included John and Jane Hitz who operated a florist in downtown Madison.
Original construction of the house was in the Federal architectural style while later additions adopted the post-civil war styles of Italianate and Gothic Revival. One of the most memorable aspects of the house are 12 H. H. Meyer frescos painted directly on the kitchen walls. The paintings were discovered under wallpaper during a remodeling project by a previous owner.
Purchased in 2014 by sisters Mary Frasier and Madonna Wilson, the house has undergone extensive remodeling to transition from a private home to a B&B. If you visited the house during the 2012 tour make sure to visit again to see all the changes.
Poplar Place Studios
409 Poplar Street
Head Hostesses: Hilary Bear and Shelley Brown
Poplar Place Studios, previously know as the Carpenter's Shop was once home to Ebenezer Episcopal Church. The Mahoney family now owns Poplar Place Studios. The family utilizes this space as a photography studio, a wedding venue, and an event hall.
215 East Street
Head Hostesses: Victoria Shirley and Chris Wilcox
This home was built in the early 1900s by a Riverboat Captain who wanted a place to stay while he was in Madison. In 2015 the home was remodeled and restored. This three bedroom home was originally two bedrooms but has taken on a new life with recent renovations and home improvements. Creative, and original, don’t miss this beautiful home on East Street.
Niddy Noddy Inn
620 West Second Street
Head Hostesses: Shannon Dattilo and Lori Slygh
This noteworthy home was built in 1839 by talented craftsman who trained under prominent Madison architect, Francis Costigan. This “shotgun” house is Gothic Revival with an Italianate side entry. It was originally built as a display building for the Vail Cabinet Company. Many features are the same as other Costigan buildings, including front window eyebrows that match those on the Hendricks-Beall house, and interior parlor woodwork like that in the Lanier Mansion.
Recently, extensive renovations were made inside and outside this two bedroom house, and it was opened as an inn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. Some highlights include: a vintage door bell, high quality fixtures and furnishings, collection of Courtly Check Enamel designed by Madison native, Victoria MacKenzie-Childs, quaint sunroom and an extra-large, bricked, private courtyard.
Note that a niddy noddy is a tool that was used from 1750-1850 to measure yarn from a spinning wheel into a skein. Innkeeper, Glenna Wade is a long time spinner and weaver of yarn, and the niddy noddy is her favorite tool to share with others.