Francis Costigan House


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Francis Costigan completed this masterpiece of design on a small lot in 1851. He incorporated space saving features such as a sliding pocket front door, a postage-stamp sized entry and a unique step-ladder staircase to create a 32’ x 16’ parlor. Costigan, who also designed the Lanier Mansion and the Shrewsbury House, is considered Indiana’s leading pre-Civil War architect and master builder. Owned and operated by Historic Madison, Inc.

Address: 408 W. Third St.

Photo by Bernie Kasper