Old Madison City Hall-416 West Street

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Old Madison City Hall-416 West Street


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Construction was begun in 1879 and the intended use of the building was as a "school house for the colored pupils." In short order the patrons were unhappy with the location of the school. "The noise and bustle of business localities" seemed to pose a problem. The school trustees soon selected a site on the west side of Broadway north of the alley between Fourth and Fifth Street for a school. The plans for the new school were the same as the plans used for the West Street site. The City Hall which had been at the southeast corner of Mulberry and Second soon moved to the West Street building and remained there for over a century. The first City Council meeting was held in the new City Hall building on March 19, 1880. The Madison Courier of September 26, 1879 states that a city building was to be erected on West Street on the site of the colored school which was, in turn, being moved to Broadway. J. T. Brashear was mayor at that time. In 1925 the building received a new facade under the administration of Mayor Edward Eckert. The building's red brick front was donated by A. H. Gibson. In 1993 the City Hall was moved to the corner of West and Main Streets and the old building was sold. It is now offices for a real estate business.


Harry Lemen, photographer


Madison Courier; City Directories


Picture taken circa 1920


Madison-Jefferson County Public Library


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Scanned from negative (3.1875in x 5.375in) at 1200 DPI using a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL. Online jpeg image file saved at 72 DPI 800 to 1000 pixels on long edge.

This is a different type of film from the majority of his work. He may have used a 3A Folding Pocket Kodak (film No. 122) or a 2 Stereo Brownie (film No. 125).


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416 West Street, Madison, Indiana

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Harry Lemen, photographer, "Old Madison City Hall-416 West Street," in Harry Lemen Historic Photo Collection, Item #42, http://www.mjcpl.org/photos/items/show/42 (accessed May 30, 2015).