On July 15, 1876, The Madison Courier newspaper reported, “Mrs. Clark’s new house on Poplar Lane is now completed and is quite an ornament to the locality. It is a two-story brick with modern style front adorned with a beautiful cornice and covered with variegated slate (roof). “ The modern style front mentioned in the clipping, refers to distinct 19th century Italianate architectural details popular at the time of construction – decorative metal cornices at the roofline and above doors & windows and very tall and thin windows and doors. The upper and lower side galleries were completely rebuilt during renovation, but the original variegated slate roof is still in use after 150 years. The two-story home, bordering Hentz Lane on the north, was one room wide and three rooms deep. The original carriage house, on the alley to the rear of the home, is still standing but was sold years ago by previous owners.
Ken and Sally McWilliams have lived in Madison 35 years and this is their third downtown historic home. They bought this home at auction in September 2018. After extensive renovations and the construction of a new garage and attached breezeway, they moved in the following year in time to celebrate Christmas 2019. Details of the “1876 Fixer Upper” can be enjoyed on Sally’s blog, www.SallysView.com. Rooms on the first-floor feature original western pine floors and 11’9” ceilings. Exposed brick walls in the kitchen give character and warmth. The home is decorated in a transitional style combining the elements of old and new – pieces from both of their families and pieces collected through their 50-year marriage. The result is a feeling of comfort and style that Ken and Sally both enjoy. Recently retired, they love the downtown life their home and the bustling historic district offer.
As you leave, don’t miss the five-foot Coca-Cola Santa from Ken’s childhood that is displayed on the home’s exterior lower gallery.
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