Italianate – Lafayette, IN

Added to OHD on 7/28/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   23 Comments
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1816 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47904

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  • $145,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2494 Sq Ft
  • 0.28 Ac.
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to own a rare Victorian home. Beautiful original woodwork throughout the home, hardwood floors, and a grand staircase. Appliances are newer within the last 4 or less years, front screen door was custom made, roof is only 4 years old. Enjoy the character of this home with plenty of entertaining space, or relax in the parlor in front of a cozy fire. Selling as-is.
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Kaushaun Klumpe, Keller Williams Realty
(765) 807-7177
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22 Comments on Italianate – Lafayette, IN

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  1. RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    I would reverse time on this house:

    – Reinstate the original, smaller opening between the entry and parlor.
    – Remove the stone fireplace.
    – Entirely remove the large addition.
    – Install period-correct bathrooms.
    – The facade looks…odd. Like it is missing something. Did it once have a covered porch? If so, I would reinstate it.


    There WAS a porch:,-86.8759325,3a,75y,54.62h,92.47t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s2HAN_CMKaDm9EacR4EEYdg!2e0!5s20130701T000000!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

    Note also how eave brackets have been removed:,-86.8759325,3a,26.4y,58.45h,105.04t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s2HAN_CMKaDm9EacR4EEYdg!2e0!5s20130701T000000!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

    If this house were returned to its original appearance it would be a STUNNER!

    • CarolynCarolyn says: 297 comments
      Grand Rapids, MI

      I agree with everything you said. The most egregious change was definitely that fireplace. While it would look great in a MCM house it looks so out of place here. I would love to get my hands on this place.

    • Donald C. Carleton, Jr. says: 268 comments

      TOTALLY agree with you on the FP–the house needs a nice arched marble mantel–and on restoring the demolished entry hall wall…

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1017 comments
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      It looks like the facade has had lots of changes over the decades! The recently removed porch had itself been remodeled; the brick and concrete floor appear to be twentieth-century – as is obviously the iron porch support. The ghost of an earlier wood porch support can be seen to the far left.

      But, beyond that, I have to question the originality of the tower itself! It appears awkward, and I suspect that it may have been a very early alteration to the house. Most towered Italianates have a more graceful connection between the tower and the main house; this one looks like an afterthought as evidenced by the way the main roof interfaces with it AND by the fact that the right side of the tower (when facing the house) is flush with the side wall; that is not the norm with towered Italianates. Usually the tower is more nearly centered in a wall or placed in the crook of an L-shaped plan. My guess is that this was built without the tower but with a wrap-around porch.

      I think the unusual tower design – whether or not it was part of the original construction, may contribute to the odd-looking appearance you note (in addition to all the other things you mention!).

      • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1017 comments
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        Revision: Looking at this house again, I think that the original porch was not a wrap-around, but more likely either a full-width porch or simply a hood over the front doors. I still think the tower was likely an early addition.

    • Karen I says: 171 comments

      I agree. Love the front door and staircase. What does MCM mean?

    • Kevin says: 50 comments

      I think that everything may have been removed when the asbestos/concrete siding was added…probably in the 50s. I came across the same thing with my 1890s house and had to have many elements rebuilt.

    • TXJewelTXJewel says: 354 comments
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      1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
      Strawn, TX

      I was thinking that the poor house looked a little naked (or as we say in the south, nekkid). ?

    • oldhouses#1fan says: 1 comments

      Ross, did you see the 2007 street view? What fellow old house lovers can relate to the way I feel about this house (and many more), so thankful for the beauty that remains, but so sad for what is now gone?

    • AnonMouse says: 6 comments

      Look at those folding doors between the hallway and the dining room! Oh, I wonder if the entrance to the parlor originally had those too? I have a suspicion that this place doesn’t have an Aladdin’s cave like your house did though, Ross.

  2. Rhea Kamendat says: 140 comments

    Totally agree with Ross. Love Itualianate style but looks blank with porch missing on front. Also return bathrooms & kitchen to original.

  3. Kyle says: 23 comments

    My stomach actually twisted a little when I saw that open wall between the foyer and parlor. You can put the wall back but you can’t get the mill work back but the stairs and front door are beautiful.

  4. MichaelMichael says: 2671 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Ross, as usual your comments are spot on. You really need to start a business where old house owners could consult with you.

  5. BethanyBethany says: 3431 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This old girl is really having an identity crisis.

  6. Janet Vodder says: 133 comments

    I guess I’m the only one who likes the open concept. Of course if it was all original, I would be quite in love with it also. Everything else needs to be restored though!

  7. MimiMimi says: 188 comments
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    Rochester, MN

    I love the wood & the staircase– beautiful! Oddities such as the alterations Ross mentioned that did not quite jive- upon initial view– fireplace was off — & then Ross pointed out later changes. By MCM do you mean 1900’s or 19th C?

  8. Cody H says: 133 comments

    Oddly enough I drive by this house every single day to and from work, and (believe me I notice it), but I had never noticed that the corbels were missing. I guess being that since their absence is softened by being painted on, it’s hard to spot the ruse. You all should have seen this place before the most recent paint job. It was a wreck. Of note though, the new paint is already peeling in places. Reinstating the missing porches would really put the icing on the cake here. I was surprised at how intact the interior was when this place hit the market last month and I first viewed the listing. Not in the best part of town, but close to it.

  9. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1155 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    Love the folding doors!

  10. Zann says: 521 comments

    I’m the odd ball. I know all the things mentioned above have changed about the house, and maybe she is a little wonky on the outside, but I like her.

    As someone who couldn’t afford all the historical bells and whistles it would take to truly restore a historical home, I could live in this one and be happy. She is eccentric, and I can appreciate that. 😛


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