Indiana Landmarks hopes a buyer steps up to purchase a 19th century home in Huntingburg, sparing the house from demolition. The city acquired the property on Huntingburg’s Main Street late last year with plans to raze the house and expand parking for downtown businesses. But for now, demolition plans are on hold.
However, Indiana Landmarks say the city in Dubois County is seeking rehabilitation proposals for the property, which stands adjacent to the city’s historic district.
The preservation nonprofit says under the current clapboard and aluminum siding, the house’s original first story is solid brick, with a dormered second story added sometime in the 1930s.
“The house suffers from some deferred maintenance, but it is structurally sound and retains a great deal of historic character,” says Greg Sekula, director of Indiana Landmarks’ Southern Regional Office. “It has tremendous potential for commercial or residential use.”
Local preservation supporters have joined with Indiana Landmarks to advocate for the house’s rehabilitation and reuse. Indiana Landmarks says while the city is willing to entertain public proposals for sale or lease of the house, any reuse would still involve creation of public parking behind the building.
Renovation proposals for the property are due by the end of July. Click here to learn more.