MADISON (WKOW) -- A more than one hundred year old Madison house with distinctive architecture must be relocated, or face the wrecking ball.
Historic preservationists say the Queen Anne Victorian-style home at 1022 Mound Street was finished in 1902. They say its distinctive, stick style structure was a popular building approach in the nineteenth century, and is one of the few, remaining Madison examples of this architecture.
But the house down the block from Meriter Hospital sits on land that's planned for a seventy-two unit apartment complex, with construction scheduled to begin on Dec. 1.
The house is in Madison City Councilperson Sue Ellingson's district.
"The details are beautiful, and it would be unfortunate to lose that," Ellingson says.
Ellingson says the house is a not a registered landmark, nor in a historic district.
Paul Schoenemann is an advocate for preserving the house, and says the city should consider moving it to a city park, noting distinctive residences are part of James Madison Park, and the concept has worked in Philadelphia. But Ellingson says such a move does not appear to be financially viable.
Mount Horeb-based Gallina Companies is purchasing the house from Meriter. Gallina president Craig Enzenroth tells 27 News he's offering $5,000 toward the relocation costs if someone agrees to move the house.
Enzenroth says the offer, and the unique nature of the house, have led nearly a dozen potential buyers to consider acquiring the structure, but no deal has been finalized. Enzenroth and Ellingson say the relocation cost alone is approximately $40,000, and even though the house would be sold for $1, land acquisition and renovation costs are other factors.
The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation continues to network to try to locate an interested buyer.
Someone seeking more information can contact the Trust at 608-441-8864.
Schoenemann says with the demolition date approaching, advocates for the house's preservation remain focused on their goal: "To find someone to move this house, and find it a new home."
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