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Jefferson County Jail & Sheriff's Office, Courthouse Square, Madison, Jefferson County, IN



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Item Title


Location
Courthouse Square, Madison, IN

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS IN-84
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-31).
Building/structure dates: 1848 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1857 subsequent work
Significance: The Jefferson County Jail and Sheriff's House was built in 1848-50 and survives virtually unaltered. The temple-like form of brick and heavy masonry encloses the utilitarian jail block with the Sheriff's residence. The jail's interior plan is an impressive spatial achievement - a two-tiered block of cells surrounded by open vaulted spaces. Sturdy iron grilles at windows and cell doors concentrate patterns of detail which contrast with the large wall surfaces of quarried stone. Standing within an environment sympathetic to its architectural style, scale, and historic role as a nineteenth century penal institution, the jail's original and subsequent significance remain intact.

Subjects
Official Residences
Jails


Related Names
Lee, Monroe W.
Kirk, John
McKimm, Robert
Falconer, James
Farnsworth, Joseph
Honore, Frances


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1971 GENERAL VIEW FROM NORTHEAST
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1971 GENERAL VIEW FROM NORTHWEST
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1971 GENERAL VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST
4. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1971 DETAIL NORTH ENTRANCE
5. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1971 MAIN DOOR TO CELL BLOCK INCLUDING ORIGINAL CHAIN, NOTE PADLOCK HANGING TO LEFT
6. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1971 DETAIL VIEW OF CHAIN PADLOCK AND KEY TO SECURE DOOR TO MAIN CELL BLOCK, NOTE STANDARD MODERN PADLOCK FOR SIZE COMPARISON
7. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1971 DETAIL SHOWING SECTION OF CELL BLOCK WITH IRON CATWALK LEADING TO SECOND LEVEL CELLS
8. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1971 TYPICAL CELL DOOR
9. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1971 STAIRCASE AND HALL IN SHERIFF'S OFFICE ADJACENT AND ATTACHED TO CELL LOCATION


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