official to speak in Madison
to discuss ideas for capitalizing
on citys Landmark District designation
(February 2007) In spring 2006, Madison, Ind.s
downtown district received the National Park Services prestigious
National Historic Landmark District designation. City officials and
leaders involved in the process were delighted to be on this rare list.
At that time, however, not many people realized that a review process
is conducted every two years by the National Park Service, and if communities
do not live up to the requirements of the designation, they can lose
their status, said Cornerstone Society President Rich Murray.
That will be one of the topics that Historic Landmarks
Foundation of Indiana President Marsh Davis plans to discuss when he
comes to Madison in February. Davis will speak at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17
at the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library, 420 W. Main St. The
event is free and open to the public.
Davis was hired in July 2006 as the Indiana organizations new
president. He had previously worked for Historic Landmarks of Indiana
for 18 years before leaving in 2002 to run the Galveston (Texas) Historical
Foundation, the largest preservation organization in that state.
Davis attended last years city-wide celebration of Madisons
National Landmark District designation in a reception held at the Livery
Stable and organized by HMI. He had just taken over his new post in
During his long career at Historic Landmarks of Indiana, he managed
to save many historic structures and enlisted a host of friends for
the organization and preservation efforts throughout Indiana.
However, it was his work in Galveston that won him the coveted position
at the Indiana organization, which is the largest statewide preservation
organization in the nation.
Davis proved in Texas that he is a hands-on leader who can raise money
and manage a large professional staff.
Cornerstone Society, a group dedicated to historic preservation in Madison,
is sponsoring Davis visit to Madison. Two years ago, Davis spoke
at the Historic Madison Inc.s annual banquet. At that time, he
was in charge of the Galveston Historical Foundation. He made a statement
about how the city was in fear of losing its National Landmark District
designation and how it almost did lose the status.
It was at that point I realized we dont want to be the first
to lose such a historical designation, Murray said.
Murray added that although Madison is richly endowed with historic resources,
the historic community and city leadership need to be more proactive
in efforts to preserve what it has.
We need to take this more seriously. What we have, we have by
chance. We dont want to leave this to chance any longer,
Davis is scheduled to address this issue and other preservation topics
during his return to Madison. In a January telephone interview, he said
he will discuss the significance of the designation, not only in historical
terms, but in economic and aesthetic terms as well, on the quality of
life in Madison.
The Cornerstone Society is an organization in Madison that actively
promotes preservation of historic structures. It was formed in 1988
in response to threats of historic building demolitions in downtown
For more information about Cornerstone,
call (812) 273-1123.
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