Historic Markers Across Florida

W.T. Davis Building

Marker ID: FLHM F-902
Location: at SW Range Ave and SW Rutledge St., Madison, FL
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 30° 28.071    W 083° 24.784
  30.46785    -83.41306666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMRPXB


W.T. Davis Building

Built in 1892 by William Turner (W.T.) Davis, this building is one of the few remaining buildings in Florida covered with a galvanized sheet metal facade, in this example produced by the Mesker Brothers Iron Works of St. Louis, Missouri. This use of sheet metal for architectural ornamentation replaced iron as the metal of choice for most architectural work by the 1870s. Stronger than iron, it could be rolled and stamped into large ornamental sheets. Galvanized sheet metal was a great choice for small communities like Madison. The building's second floor served the Madison community as an opera house and a center for entertainment and social events from 1892 to 1910. The building also housed small businesses and the law offices of W.T. Davis's son, Charles Edgar Davis, and grandson, William Turner Davis. These two men were the only father and son who served as president of the Florida State Senate: Charles Edgar in 1915 and William Turner in 1955. This grand old building now serves as The Treasures of Madison County Museum, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

F-902 Treasures of Madison County , Inc.,
Madison County Tourist Development Council,
and the Florida Department of State