South View of the Shrewsbury-Windle House looking from the Ohio River. 2014 after exterior restoration. (HMI Collection)
Looking Southwest of the Shrewsbury-Windle House, 2014 after exterior restoration. (HMI Collection)
Interior Photograph, cir. 1920s (HMI Collection)
Exterior facing south, cir. 1920 (Lemon Collection)
Backstory and Context
The house is now a historical tourist site because of its interesting architecture. It is known for its finely carved stonework, hand polished brick, intricate plaster moldings, and a wrought iron fence with palmetto and honeysuckle patterns. The greatest feature though is the rare, freestanding spiral staircase in the center of the front hall. The staircase supports itself through a distribution of weight on the bottom step and the ends of all the other steps. It is also a type of air conditioning that makes warm air flow up to the attic, therefore cooling the rest of the building. The staircase was based on a design by Minard Lafever titled, "Modern Practice of Staircase and Handrail Construction." The house is on of Madison's most historically important buildings and has been listed as both a National Historic Landmark and a member of the National Register of Historic Places. It is available for tours by appointment only.