Madison Historic District
National Register & Heritage Tourism
The Madison Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is Madison's foremost tourist attraction. Preservation of the district and of each property within its boundary provides for the protection of Madison's unique historic character and quality environment. Madison's preservation efforts reflect a nationwide movement to preserve a "sense of place" amid generic modern development.
Preservation Tax Incentive Programs
Local Designation & Community Protection
The City of Madison formally designated the local Madison Historic District. Under the May 10, 1999 designation ordinance, the district encompasses both Downtown Madison and the surrounding residential neighborhoods. The district boundary appears on the local zoning map and all district properties are recorded in an itemized address list.
Local Designation Map (PDF)
Design Review & Certificates of Appropriateness
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is responsible for protecting the historic district and for guiding changes within its boundary. Property owners must submit an application for design review prior to planning a work project involving an exterior change to the appearance of any property within the district. The Commission reviews applications on a monthly basis and upon approval issues Certificate of Appropriateness (COA).
Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)