Madison Indiana Photography

“Madison Indiana Courthouse Burns”

The Historic 154 year old Jefferson County Courthouse located in Madison Indiana burned today, no cause has yet been determined but on going construction work is a prime probability, crews were in the process of painting the beautiful building when the fire broke out.

The timing for this couldn’t be any worse, Madison is about to celebrate it’s Bicentennial starting June 6 with many activities scheduled including a reopening of the courthouse. The building was a center piece for the Downtown National Historic District and was an often visited destination for locals and tourists alike. Just this afternoon when my son and I were walking home from school we talked about how beautiful this landmark was and the wonderful gold color they had picked for the renovation.

The only good news to report from this is that there were no major injuries and everyone escaped safely. Hopefully this won’t damper the spirits of the Bicentennial Celebration that is scheduled to begin in a couple of weeks and also maybe they can salvage the building itself, but after witnessing the still smoldering fire tonight that might be a long shot.

Just as a side note Madison has endured it’s share of hardship recently, a couple of years ago two other Historic buildings burnt to the ground and to this day there has been no cause , also last September we lived thru Hurricane Ike with it’s 90 mph winds and then late this winter we were savaged by an ice storm. Kind of a string of bad luck wouldn’t you say, but at least no one has been seriously hurt thru all of this.

I posted a few shots of the fire as it really began to engulf the Bell Tower and firefighters arrived on the scene to begin the process of extinguishing it.

Courthouse Fire 2

Courthouse Fire 1

Courthouse Fire 3

Courthouse Fire 4


May 21, 2009 - Posted by | architecture, Clifty Falls, garden, history, image, images, indiana, landscapes, life, Madison Indiana, nature photography, photoblog, photographer, photography, photos, pictures, random, Wild Geranium |


  1. How awful!!

    Comment by Jim | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. This is horrible…Madison is one of my favorite places in the world, my adopted hometown…what a wonderful place. Hopefully it can be saved and rebuilt…and hoping damaged records can be stabilized and saved.

    Comment by Kate | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. Jim… it was pretty bad, it was a wonderful building, hopefully it can be restored to it’s original beauty.

    Kate…they have been talking today about the records and a lot of the very old ones may be lost.

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. I’m so sorry to see & hear this. What a shame. As you’ve said, at least no one’s been hurt, but still…

    Comment by Lana | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. Great photos of a real crying shame.

    Comment by Jim | May 22, 2009 | Reply

  6. How very unfortunate. It looks like such a beautiful building.

    Comment by edvatza | May 23, 2009 | Reply

  7. What a huge fire there. Good holy smoke!

    Comment by roentarre | May 23, 2009 | Reply

  8. So sad when things of beauty are lost to fire.

    Comment by Bo | May 23, 2009 | Reply

  9. What a tragic fire! I hope this can restored somehow and save this historic landmark.

    Comment by RecycleCindy | May 23, 2009 | Reply

  10. Thanks for all the comments guys !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | May 24, 2009 | Reply

  11. How sad to see something like that burn. Those are really dramatic images.

    Comment by The Right Blue | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  12. Ah, the Indiana courthouse. These fantastic buildings grace the center of towns all over the state.

    Too often modern expediency replaces these kinds of buildings with ugly utilitarian boxes. I hope the damage isn’t too bad and restorations can be made.


    Comment by forestrat | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  13. what a shame.. they seem to have bad luck with fires in their historical buildings..kinda weird that do not know how they get started..shame about the Bicentennial too!!

    Comment by Leslee | May 28, 2009 | Reply

  14. That is terrible Bernie. Any idea for why all those buildings have been burning down?

    You did a good job at capturing the fire though.

    Comment by Richard Wong | May 31, 2009 | Reply

  15. thats sad to see, but those are some awesome journalistic photos!

    Comment by ankush | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  16. WOW . . now that is a fire!

    Comment by mon@rch | June 7, 2009 | Reply

  17. visit us!

    Comment by AnetRetsMat | June 12, 2009 | Reply

  18. what a tragedy, but Wow… those are some fantastic shots.

    Comment by Preston Surface | June 28, 2009 | Reply

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