Foster-Thomason-Miller-Minnix House

Madison - Morgan County

Constructed in 1883 in the Queen Anne Style, the Foster-Thomason-Miller-Minnix House sits on the former location of the Madison Female College. Influenced by the Aesthetic Movement, the original owner of the home, Legare H. Foster, included ornate features such as walnut woodwork and frescos to the walls and ceilings. After sustaining a fire that caused significant damage, the intervention of the Madison-Morgan Conservancy ended decades of neglect by stabilizing the home and coordinating its purchase to suitable buyers. A rehabilitation was undertaken involving extensive structural, exterior and interior work to restore much of the original historic detailing. This successful rehabilitation sets an example for smaller towns, demonstrating the impact of community advocacy and the commitment of the Minnix family to honor the history of the building and site.

Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value.