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First Settlement

Overview [1]

"Madison's Oldest Residential and Commercial District."

The First Settlement area contains two residential enclaves. Franklin-Hancock is bounded by Butler Street, East Washington Avenue, East Wilson Street and Blair Street. This section contains a variety of historic homes dating to the city's earliest residential development. Fauerbach Condominiums are located on Lake Monona at the foot of South Blair Street. The neighborhood residential property is a mix of rental and owner-occupied, single and multi-family homes.

The neighborhood is home to three historic districts: the locally-designated Third Lake Ridge Historic District as well as two National Register Historic Districts — East Wilson Street and Simeon Mills.

  1. Schreiber/Anderson Associates, First Settlement Neighborhood, master plan recommendations and implementation strategy for the City of Madison, 1995.

First Settlement Map

Street Names
Blair Street South • Blount Street South • Butler Street South • Doty Street East • Franklin Street South • Hancock Street South • John Nolen Drive • King Street • Main Street East • Pickney Street South • Railroad Street • Webster Street South • Williamson Street • Wilson Street East

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