Madison’s Masterpiece on Main, the Foster-Thomason-Miller House

$ 449,000
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MLS #FMLS 6040569, GAMLS 8414795
Contact nameMadison-Morgan Conservancy
Contact phone404-216-1592
Year built1883
StatusProject - needs work
Home area5,000 sqft
Lot Area1.02 acres


Madison, GA’s Masterpiece on Main is now available for sale in “The Best Small Town in GA” (named so by Southern Living Magazine, 2018). Built in 1883 and probably influenced by Oscar Wilde’s American Tour the previous year, the Foster-Thomason-Miller House interior is a spectacular example of the Aesthetic Movement and retains its original floor plan and artistic/architectural details (carved wood, plasterwork caryatids, frescoed ceilings, grotto wallpaper, faux finishes).

Completely restored in 1986 (receiving the 1986 Georgia Trust State Preservation Award), the 5,000 square foot home includes five bedrooms, two bathrooms, parlor, library, dining room, and a spectacular central hall. This extraordinary home of national significance is an excellent example of the American Aesthetic Movement with elements of Queen Anne, Italianate, and Gothic Revival styles. A treasure trove of detail, the interior decorative elements include extensive wood carving, cabinetry, plasterwork caryatids, and numerous motifs and symbols of the Aesthetic Movement. The ideal location of the house makes for a short walk to the Cultural Center and Madison’s Downtown shops and restaurants.

In 2001, the rear kitchen addition burned, so this is a fixer-upper. The main building suffered primarily smoke and water damage. In 2018, it was added to The Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril list. The property will require significant investment to rehabilitate and presents a unique opportunity to design and build a new rear addition with modern amenities. The house on 1.024 acres is listed for $449,000. The adjacent .86-acre undeveloped lot will also be available for sale to the buyer of the house lot if desired.

The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making it eligible for significant economic/tax incentives, including Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits, State Rehabilitation Tax Credits, and a Preferential Property Tax Freeze. The property is also regulated by Madison’s local historic district.

Incorporated as Georgia’s first countywide conservancy in 2000, the Madison-Morgan Conservancy, a 501(c)3, has purchased the property as part of its newly minted Endangered Properties Revolving Fund. Lewis and Redwine Real Estate Group has the property listed for sale.