LAYFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A piece of Lafayette history is officially on the market.
The Tippecanoe County Historical Association for is asking $1.25 million for the historic Moses Fowler House.
“It is one of the finest examples of Gothic revival architecture in the state of Indiana,” said TCHA executive director Kathy Atwell.
TCHA purchased the Fowler House in 1941, and most recently, used it as a part-time special events venue. Atwell said putting the house up for sale was a tough decision, but due to limited staff and resources, the historical association could no longer keep up with the cost of ownership and maintenance.
“It really didn’t bring enough revenue to keep the house maintained how it needs to be maintained,” said Atwell.
The historic home has about 9,000 square feet, 16 main rooms, plus a full attic and basement, but Atwell said whoever buys the home will have some rules to follow. TCHA has been working over the past year to put together an easement to ensure the home’s historical features are preserved.
“You can’t come in and take out the plaster work or take out the wood work. It is to protect the integrity of the interior of the rooms,” said Atwell.
The new owner would work with non-profit organization Indiana Landmarks to make sure the home is maintained properly. Landmarks’ staff will monitor the property on an annual basis and will manage and enforce compliance with the easement. The easement will be attached to the property, and will remain legally binding regardless of future transfers.
“Indiana Landmarks would give them historical perspective and help them find contractors who can work on historic homes.”
Atwell hopes whoever buys the home will still allow some community access to the house. She said proceeds will go toward creating a museum dedicated to showcasing the history of Tippecanoe County, thus continuing the mission of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association.
“We’re hoping to have a museum that brings people back and tells about the history,” said Atwell.
This new facility is yet to be determined, but will serve as an all-in-one base of operations for the Tippecanoe County Historical Association.
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