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Madison in Jefferson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium

 
 
John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 26, 2021
1. John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium Marker
Inscription.  
• In 1835 the Trustees of the Second Presbyterian Church, which included J.F.D. Lanier and Jeremiah Sullivan, erected this building. The total cost was $8,000.

• Edwin Peck is credited with designing and building this structure. In 1833 the renowned New York architectural firm Town and Davis sent Peck to Indianapolis to supervise construction of the State House. The influence of Town and Davis is evident in this building and many others Peck designed in Indiana, most of which no longer exist.

• This fine Greek Revival church is the oldest building for public assembly in Madison.

• This structure has subsequently served a Lutheran congregation, a funeral home, the Chamber of Commerce and the offices of Historic Madison, Inc.

• The interior, altered significantly from the original Greek Revival masterpiece, still retains the Johnson tracker pipe organ. It is an 1867 'OPUS 217' in mint condition and is considered a truly rare find.

• The builder, William A. Johnson's name is inscribed on the lowest wooden pipe on the left side of the instrument.

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
 
Location. 38° 44.252′ N, 85° 22.804′ W. Marker is in Madison, Indiana, in Jefferson County. Marker is on East 3rd Street just east of West Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located beside the front staircase, just to the left of the Auditorium entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 East 3rd Street, Madison IN 47250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington Fire Co. #2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison's Fire Companies / Government Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Irene Dunne (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Madison Historic District (about 500 feet away); Michael C. Garber (about 600 feet away); Frank J. Knoebel (about 700 feet away); Broadway Colored School / Broadway Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium. Contributing property in the Madison Historic District,
Marker detail: John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium,<br>circa 1880 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium,
circa 1880
which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark. National Register of Historic Places #73000020.
 
Also see . . .
1. Windle Auditorium. This early example of Greek Revival architecture has many interesting details including a recessed entrance and decorative cornice with two massive Doric-style, slightly tapered and heavily fluted columns. They are flanked on either side by three matched pilasters extending to the entablature, giving visual rhythm to the façade. The exterior walls are covered with stucco and troweled smooth. (Submitted on September 10, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Madison Historic District (Wikipedia). The Madison Historic District is a historic district located in Madison, Indiana. In 2006, it was named a National Historic Landmark due to its unique Midwestern beauty and architecture scheme. (Submitted on September 10, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium,<br>circa 1880 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium,
circa 1880
Marker detail: Johnson Tracker Pipe Organ image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Johnson Tracker Pipe Organ
John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 26, 2021
5. John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium Marker
(marker is on left side of front entrance)
John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium (<i>south/front elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 26, 2021
6. John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium (south/front elevation)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 10, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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