Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc
Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc

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Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc
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We get people engaged with Madisons built environment through tours, workshops, awards, and special events. We advocate for the reuse and appreciation of historic places. We believe that historic places - buildings, districts, or designed landscapes - are cultural resources, and are critical to cultivating a unique identity and sense of place in our city. We are a non-profit organization founded in 1974. With our mission of advocacy and education, we work with property developers, neighborhoods, and city staff to identify opportunities for rehabilitation and to minimize adverse impacts to historic places as Madison grows and changes.
Business and organizations that operate on a local level have a stake in the vitality of their community. They have an interest in helping to make their city a good place to live. So patronizing local businesses and supporting local organizations is an investment in our community. It supports local jobs, businesses, and traditions, and it reinforces our city's unique identity. It's also good for old and historic buildings because that's where local businesses and organizations tend to be located.

The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation was founded in 1974 in the wake of two events that affected prominent historic places. The Gilman St. mansion of William F. Vilas was demolished to build a modern commercial building in the middle of what is now the Mansion Hill historic district. And in 1971 an old stone farmhouse called Mapleside on University Avenue was demolished to build a Burger King restaurant. The New York Times criticized Madison nationally for not caring about its historic places. Originally our mission was to operate a revolving fund to purchase, rehabilitate and resell old and historic properties. Since then our mission has shifted toward advocacy for and education about Madisons historic places. For three decades the Madison Trust operated as a community-based advocacy organization with a volunteer Board of Trustees and the help of many volunteers to whom historic places matter.

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