Bruning Home-726 West Main Street

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Bruning Home-726 West Main Street


Funeral Homes; Dwellings-Indiana


This building, originally a private home, was built ca. 1878, probably by William H. Bruning. Mr. Bruning retained ownership of the home until his death in 1930, although he hadn't lived in the house for some time. It is assumed the property was rented to other individuals until it was sold to Sidney E. Haigh in 1932. Mr. Haigh turned the home into a funeral home and a residence for his family. It served in this capacity until 1948 when Mr. Haigh died and at that time it was sold to the Madison Clinic. The clinic built doctors' offices on the southeast corner of the property and leased the house for a nursing home. The clinic decided it would tear down the old home and build a modern clinic for the town of Madison. It was an ornate, two story Victorian -style home and when it was being razed in 1965, the Madison Courier remarked that all of the woodwork was of carved walnut as were the stairway railings. The fireplace was of marble. The interior walls were two bricks thick and the exterior walls had an air space between the outside brick and the interior walls. The building contained 51 doors. Historic Madison purchased much of the window glass and the marble from the fireplace, among other things. The house was estimated to have cost $3,000 to $4,000 when it was originally built.


Harry Lemen, photographer


Madison Courier; City Directories; Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps; Historical Files


Picture taken 1927


Madison-Jefferson County Public Library


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Photograph taken with Eastman-Kodak Brownie Camera No. 2C model A, using No. 130 film. Resulting negative (2.875in x 4.875in) scanned at 1200 DPI using a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL. Online jpeg image file saved at 72 DPI 800 to 1000 pixels on long edge.


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Harry Lemen, photographer , "Bruning Home-726 West Main Street," in Harry Lemen Historic Photo Collection, Item #190, (accessed May 30, 2015).