210 W. Second Street
Homeowners: John and Linda DeLuca
Don’t miss this unique shared-wall home on W. 2nd Street! Built in the early 1840s, this residence features original pine floors and a large garden area out back. The home was recently renovated after being in disrepair for some time.
301 W. Second Street
Homeowner: Historic Madison, Inc.
The Talbott-Hyatt House is a federal style home circa 1820. Colonel Richard C. Talbott bought the land for his home in 1819, but may have been living on the site as early as 1817. He was the County Clerk and Recorder and advertised his home as his office. Many owners and renters would come and go, but the Hyatt Family was the last family to be owners-in-residence. In 1962 Virginia Hyatt-McBride donated the property to Historic Madison, Inc. who completed renovations in the mid 1960s to make the second floor an apartment while the first floor became storage for the HMI collections. The most recent renovations of the house began in 2019 and finished in 2021. Just as Col. Talbott used the home for his office, HMI has brought the home full circle, back to its roots as an office from which the non-profit can continue its vision of enriching Madison’s future by valuing its past.
309 Elm Street
Rich and Sallie Plass
Plass Place is one half of a historical duplex located between the Lanier Mansion and Main Street. This home was shared by two brothers prior to 1900 and tells a unique, mystery story within its walls. High ceilings and trim work make it grand. There are 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, 2 sitting rooms, and a dining room. Not to forget the crowd favorite-- the covered back porch. This house is unique with a beautiful side yard and brick courtyard.
736 W. Main Street
Homeowner: Lisa and John Gray
This colonial-style home was built between 1860 and 1870 and owned by Captain Charles and Mary Wymond. The original footprint of the home was expanded between 1895 and 1905, changing the roofline, front porch configuration and orientation of the front door, which was centered with a leaded glass surround believed to remain today. In the mid-1950s, the home was reconfigured into apartments and remained so until the early 1990s when it was taken back to a single-family residence. While many original features were beyond repair, including the front porch and siding, the work was done with respect to the history of the home. The two-story home features five fireplaces, transoms and many comfortable living spaces. A recent roofing project allowed current homeowners to see the post-and-beam construction of the original home.
514 Jefferson Street
Homeowners: Gregory and Michael Stewart-Zink
The Schussler House circa 1848 is a beautiful example of a federal home designed by Frances Costigan. The home underwent extensive rehabilitation in 2018 to take it back to its’ original grandeur. You will find the Schussler House filled with period antiques and over 100 original oil paintings by well-known artists such as Antonio Canova, Francesco Albani, Antoine Falardauex, Edward Priestly, and John Frederick Pasmore. Gregory and Michael hope you enjoy stepping back in time and seeing history restaged.
415 E. Third Street
Homeowner: Stew and Kim Hizey
This home sits on Lot 18 of the Original Town Platt. It was originally sold for $15 before 1825 when it was shortly sold again. The house was built sometime in 1853-54 and is a federal brick home. Some of the features of this home are the original walnut floors, and floor joists that were repurposed for ceiling beams. The updated and renovated kitchen with its window wine rack make the home comfortable and inviting. The upstairs has a cute updated bathroom and a bedroom with a window nook and hidden storage spaces! The owners have decorated the home with local artists’ works and recognizable sites around town. This little gem of a home is worth taking a peek at!
521 E. Main Street
Homeowners: Stephen and Donna Graham
Built in circa 1842, this Italianate double home has been occupied primarily by the Julius Hoffstadt family (1856-1986). Designed based on the rapid growth and development of Madison over 100 years ago, the Hoffstadt-Chambers home was constructed in the prevailing tradition of wall-to-wall (two houses with a common dividing wall) construction. Restored by Burton and Kathy Chambers, the Graham Family included their name on the plaque as a dedication to their restoration efforts. Currently owned by Stephen and Donna Graham, the Hoffstadt-Chambers Home reflects both historical preservation and chic décor that pays homage to both the homeowners decorating style and the coined nickname throughout many historical papers as, “The Hobby House.” Historically, to pass the time within the home, the Hoffstadt sisters, Juliette and Etta, created the famous “Juli-Etta” dolls out of pipe cleaners. Many of their dolls are sought after by collectors and continue to be in preservation today. Currently within the home, guests can also witness the intricate furniture restoration and intentional creativity by the homeowner, Donna Graham, who restores furniture as a hobby.
Upon the main entrance to the Hoffstadt-Chambers Home, guests can admire the intricate iron fence with star pattern gate dated back to 1870 and locally created in the Madison Foundry. Recently, the Graham Family restored additional pieces of the fence to pay homage to the original iron fence. Within the home are five fireplaces, which house the original iron facades. The Hoffstadt-Chambers Home is also one of the few historical homes in Madison that has retained the inside shutters and original outside shutters (found in the rear of the home). Containing restored family heirlooms, including a dress worn by Donna Graham, as a child; high chair (in dining room) also utilized by Donna as a child, and furniture passed down from Stephen Graham’s parents, the Hoffstadt-Chambers Home tells a story reminiscent for each generation.