Madison Road, east side

Set back off the east side of Madison Road, the Edmund Hartnett Jr. House is sited on a well-landscaped level lot. Its closest neighbors are late nineteenth and
twentieth-century dwellings.

  • Record ID: 33
  • Address: Madison Road, east side
  • Current Owner: Dyer, Anthony & Penelope
  • Name of Building:
  • Historic Name: Edmund Hartnett, Jr. House
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Notable Features

The two-over-three-bay facade features an offset central door entry shielded by a pedimented portico supported by square posts. Another 'notable exterior feature are the broad overhanging eaves which are characteristically found on similar period structures in the area. Two-over-two sash are exhibited throughout and a single-story ell projects from the southern elevation.

Historical or Architectural Importance

Edmund Hartnett Jr. erected this plain, 2 1/2 story, late-nineteenth-century Domestic style dwelling in 1882. Resting on a sand stone foundation, the balloon frame is sided with aluminum clapboards on the first story and aluminum board-and-batten on the second level. The asphalt-shingled gable roof is oriented ridge-to-street. Edmund Hartnett Jr. (1840-1915) built this house in 1882 replacing an earlier structure which stood on the property. A native of Ireland, Hartnett farmed the surrounding land. The son of Edmund Hartnett Sr., who resided on Haddam Quarter, Edmund Jr .. married Hannah Cronin also an immigrant of Ireland. The Hartnett family resided on the property until 1909. Through its association with Irish immigrants Edmund and Hannah Hartnett, this modest nineteenth-century dwelling remains an integral part of Durham's history.