Former Glory: Custom Millwork for Historic Reproductions

The city of Madison is nearly 170 years old. That’s just a baby by European standards, but in its time, it has accumulated many buildings of historic architectural significance. Look to the Queen Anne, prairie-style, and period-revival homes of University Heights. Look to the 1920s bungalows of the Marquette District. Look the Victorian houses of Mansion Hill. In Madison, you can see the gorgeous work of Keck and Keck, George W. Maher, Frank Lloyd Wright, and other nationally known architects. In fact, more than two dozen architectural styles are represented by the many homes here on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.Historic-Custom-Millwork-Restoration

Why are we telling you this? Because one of the things we do in our custom millwork shop is create historic reproductions. Homeowners and business owners who want to restore a home to its original architectural glory come to us for everything from mantels to balusters to wainscoting, moldings, and columns. Sometimes the original woodwork has been lost or compromised due to devil-may-care remodeling by previous homeowners. Sometimes it’s been significantly damaged by fire, water, or improper upkeep.

Whatever the case, we specialize in replicating historic and obsolete millwork.  For the best results, it’s nice to have an existing sample we can see in person, but we know that’s not always possible. So, even with an accurate to-scale drawing or a photograph, we can often do the job.

Did you know that owners of homes with historical architectural significance can get a 25 percent state income tax credit on the costs of rehabilitations? This applies to homes that are (a) on the National Register, (b) eligible for the State Register, or (c) deemed by the State Historical Society as part of the historic character of a National Register historic district. There are several conditions for receiving this credit.

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