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Reverse has printed on it: 54 North Main Street, Leslie Kroeger and Joe Hennessy. Joseph Madia commissioned this house to be built in 1915. He assigned the prominent "Geneva" architect, I. Edgar Hill, to the project and specified that the house be constructed in the manner of an Italian Mission similar to those in his hometown of Badia, Italy. Most of the woodwork in the house was never pained and remains as the original quarter swan oak. Joseph Madia made and lost his fortune twice during his lifetime. Joseph and Elanora Madia raised two children in this house, both of whom stayed here. Josephine married Joseph Bihary and they rased two children as well. Josephine was an accomplished musician and piano teacher who taugh piano on her Steinway in the living room. We are the first people outside the Madia family to own this beautiful home. We are currently restoring the house and the gardens back to what we have learned was a labor of love for the Madia and Bihary families.