Moving on to Academy Street, the Godfrey-Hunt home, which currently boasts a lovely southern veranda, was built in Madison’s first subdivision carved out from a portion of the Town Commons. Its lot was purchased in 1838, changed hands a few times, and was eventually inherited by Mary Perkins Walton from her father’s estate. It was Mary’s husband, Dr. Godfrey, who built this house in 1875.
In the early 1920s, the house was significantly remodeled following plans developed by Neil Reid of the Atlanta architecture firm Hentz, Reid, & Adler. The firm is known in the Southeast for their Beaux-Arts style and as the founding fathers of the Georgia School of Classicism. The current owners, the Hunt family, still operate the Godfrey Seed Company, which was founded by J.E. Godfrey in the late 1870s.