Architectural Overview of Madison County

Introduction

Most of the examples within this text of Madison County's surviving historic buildings represent domestic architecture, and appropriately so, since residential structures were the type of buildings most often constructed. Commercial buildings are the second most frequent type described here. Although commercial buildings were numerous and Richmond and Berea, as well as in crossroads communities, they do not survive in great numbers. Churches are the third most frequent type of historic structure surveyed in Madison County, as well as the third most often selected for description. Educational structures (including campus residence halls), governmental buildings, and transportation buildings also have been selected for inclusion. All of these buildings, having a variety of original functions, deserve acknowlegement because they represent architectural expressions of Madison County's cultural history.