May 26, 2017

Preservation Personals: Indiana Italianate Seeks Caring Owners

  • By: Jared Foretek

For more than 150 years, I’ve seen my share of ups and downs. Ultimately the beneficiary of some local preservationists, my Turkish-style dome was once left to nearly crumble. But now I’ve been restored to all my Italianate glory, and you can enjoy the fruits of New Carlisle, Indiana’s labor.

I was built in 1860 for Jeremiah Service and his family. Service, who owned a local bank and dry goods store, took good care of me until selling in 1901.

I fell on hard times in the middle of the 20th century. At one point my front yard was tactlessly used as a car lot, an unbecoming foreground for my beautiful brick exterior and cupola. But even that was better than what came next, when I sat vacant for almost 30 years. It wasn’t until talk of demolition started in 1998 that the heroic preservationists Historic New Carlisle, Inc. sprung into action and took on the rehabilitation.

Today, I’m ready for another 150 years, though hopefully with fewer existential threats. My original hardwood floors look like new, the crown moldings and ceiling medallions are intact, and my marble fireplace mantles sparkle.

In 5,000 square feet I’ve got five bedrooms upstairs as well as a library, dining room, kitchen, and two parlors downstairs.

Just outside South Bend, New Carlisle is full of history and wonderful people eager to see me used as a residence, bed and breakfast, event space, or more (no used car lots, please).

See full details here.

Indiana Italianate exterior

photo by: Bruce Gordon

New Carlisle, Indiana 46552.

Indiana Italianate second floor bedroom

photo by: Bruce Gordon

I've got five bedrooms and four bathrooms upstairs.

Indiana Italianate front parlor

photo by: Bruce Gordon

The marble mantle glistens in my front parlor.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

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