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The 2002 NHL inventory database – online

There’s a lot of talk about historic preservation in Madison these days. There should be because it’s really an interesting topic. Being virtually a life long resident of  Madison, it’s amazing how many details of history escaped me and how much there is to learn.
Madison Main Street 2007
So if you wonder where some of the information comes from when the Historic Board of Review, who administers the Madison Historic Ordinance, considers a property owners application for a Certificate of Appropriateness,   this database is in part where.  There are origanally 2054 properties evaluates. It’s a snapshot in time for Madison, with photographs (which are not digitized) but maintained by the Historic Madison group. The average property owner probably has never even heard of this database let alone been able to see it and it’s contents.  I was that way myself. Had heard it referenced time and time again and it actually got me interested in the inner workings of local preservation efforts and in what my buildings were rated in the survey.

As a geek type at heart I have been toying with the 2002 National Historic Landmark properties inventory database.  This was originally done in MS Access and I have ported it to an online searchable SQL and PHP database.

If you own property in the Madison Historic district,  which is most all of downtown Madison, you can browse and search this database on your own.  If you want you can export a portion to a Printer Friendly view, MS Excel,  MS Word doc, a comma delimited CVS file, HTML or Adobe .PDF formats.  There’s a lot of fields in this database so you will have to scroll right to see all the data for a particular property. You can also sort the view on field names descending or ascending to suit yourself and adjust the number of properties on the page view.

At a later date we’ll port over the original reporting output and format that will show the property information on a single printable sheet with all the fields in a standard 8.5×11 inch format and as less of a database view output.

So this is the online version v.1.0 and updates are to follow. Thanks for looking!

Please have a look (opens in new tab) at the 2002 NHL survey: HERE

Any suggestions, comments or criticisms are welcomed at bob@themadisonian.com

 NHL Database Online Screenshot

NHL Database Online Screenshot

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2 Responses to “The 2002 NHL inventory database – online”


  1. Tony K

    Very cool database. It would be fun to cross reference some of these sites with the old 1940 census records that are online now. I could imagine downtown residents making some interesting connections!

    1940 Jefferson County Census


  2. admin

    Tony, I agree. There’s only one major problem with that, unless I missed it, the data is pictures of the actual hand written filled out census forms and tally. It would indeed be interesting and if the data was in any type of indexed form, it would be easily useable.

    Currently I’m about a quarter way trough a Jefferson County cemetery database of interments with related history and relationships of the deceased, complete with GPS coordinates to each marker that exists. The front burner so to speak are the civil War (and Rev) soldiers of which this county has many.

    Madison and Jefferson County has a rich wealth of history that is seldom spoken of, unless it’s a brick and motor building.

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