A $1.2 million revamp of the carriage house at a Jeffersonville landmark is underway. The building on the Howard Steamboat Museum had been in decline in recent years and was being used as storage. Plans call for it to serve as a venue for wedding receptions, events and additional museum space.
Indiana Landmarks says it helped convince the museum’s board that investment in the carriage house "was the key to the museum’s stability." The statewide organization says the museum board and staff is confident the additional income from using the carriage house "will help ensure a more solid financial future" for the museum and make it less reliant on admission and fundraising.
The original carriage house structure was built in the 1880s as a temporary home for Edmonds and Laura Howard while their home overlooking the family shipyard was under construction.
Renovations to the carriage house are expected to take a year. You can connect to more about the project by clicking here.