Madison Municipal Building

Project Background

The Madison Municipal Building (NHRP #02001443) was originally built as the city’s United States Post Office and Federal Courthouse. It was built in 1927-1929 by architect James A. Wetmore in a neo-classical style. The building had gone through numerous campaigns of remodeling over time and needed to meet modern standards for an office environment for the City of Madison. InSite collaborated as part of the design team with a primary focus on improving the deteriorating exterior envelope components.


Thorough review of existing conditions and restoration techniques

Intensive effort to retain and restore existing stone with a diligent search for matching limestone replacements

Subgrade waterproofing through deconstruction
Green Roof replacement with rebuilt stone parapets and accommodations for future solar array

Comprehensive project with full time, on-site construction observation and contract administration


The result of this project displays a fully restored, limestone exterior façade for the next 60 years. Behind the scenes of this project provides an exterior envelope that no longer leaks into the interior, through carefully deconstructed stoops, baluster and site elements, sub-grade excavations, and improved waterproofing. Special techniques and full-time, construction integration safe-guarded and preserved much of the stone for its repair and reinstallation on the building. The team also integrated a green roof system as part of the replacement to limit extraneous storm water on the site.


2019 Madison Trust for Historic Preservation – Restoration Award winner

LEED Platinum Certification

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Historic Limestone Façade Rehabilitation and envelope waterproofing

Extensive green roof component and solar array 

2018 Mayor’s Design Award winner 

2019 Madison Trust for Historic Preservation Award — Restoration Award recipient 

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