History

Throwback Thursday in Madison

Then & Now Photos, a page created by Madison resident Patsy Harris, takes the social media trend of “Throwback Thursday” to new heights with glimpses into the past of our historic town.

With fabulous Photoshop skills, Harris presents side-by-side comparisons to show just how much Madison has changed. Her most recent work highlights a building that is currently undergoing extensive restoration.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably stopped into The Madison Produce Co. for a pick-me-up and wondered what the future holds for this historic building. Thanks to Main Street Director Ann Huff and new owners Dan Belman and Randy Korando, we have the answer!

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One of Madison’s oldest buildings, The Thompson Wagon Works, is being brought back to life thanks to the efforts of Dan Belman and Randy Korando. Originally the building was built in 1902 by L.M. Thompson for his business which sold and repaired buggies, carriages, harness,wagons, harvesting machines, and even a full line of coffins.

Over the years as the owners and businesses changed, so did the look of the building. Dan and Randy’s vision is to restore the structure back to its original form as much as possible.

“We see this renovation as an opportunity to save a unique, historic landmark and create a live-work-play environment contributing to the downtown mix.” said Dan.

Recently workers began the tedious process of removing the stucco and Carrara glass façade of the old funeral home exposing the original brick, and surprisingly, a couple of “ghost signs” from an earlier era.

The next significant change to the front façade will be when the second floor covered balcony is added back to the building, completing the look of the original structure.

Anticipation and excitement grows as the restoration process continues. The inside of the building is being gutted and redesigned to allow the new owners options when approaching tenants for the building.

The first floor space along E. Washington Street will be built-out for a restaurant, complete with an upstairs bar and alfresco dining on the balcony. The first floor along Hancock Street will be office/retail space and the second story will be divided into apartments.

It is very exciting to watch this significant building coming back to life. We are fortunate to have citizens like Dan and Randy who are willing to go to such great lengths to restore and preserve Madison’s past for future generations to enjoy.

– Main Street Director Ann Huff

 

Thanks for reading, y’all! –

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