1863 – Lafayette, IN – $170,000

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717 Columbia St, Lafayette, IN 47901

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  • $170,000
  • 4715 Sq Ft
Who needs Magnolia when you can Tour de Lafayette!? Imagine the possibilities in the almost 5,000 sq ft piece of history built in 1863. This home needs everything, plumbing, electrical, roof, windows, walls and more. You name it, it needs it. Known as the Zinn-Fitzgerald House, this home is designated by the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation. Many beautiful details remain including natural woodwork, opalescent glass windows and exposed brick. Unique, yet charming exterior profile. Great views of downtown Lafayette from the 3rd floor! Cash only, proof of funds required.
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Stacy Grove, The Russell Company
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20 Comments on 1863 – Lafayette, IN – $170,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12594 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I remember posting this forever ago. Does anyone remember if it was in this condition back then?

    • codyhanncodyhann says: 133 comments

      It’s been in this condition as long as I can remember. I’ve been driving past it for most of my life, watching it get progressively worse. It’s been on and off the market, having changed hands privately a couple times, with nobody really making any decent visible progress on it.

      This one needs a lot of help from someone with extremely deep pockets.

  2. MichaelMichael says: 3371 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    It’s a fascinating looking building on the outside. It makes me curious as to what it may have looked like originally. I like the shape and details of the exterior. It looks as if whomever buys this home will be starting over in the interior…..please save those stain glass windows!!!

  3. SusNelSusNel says: 40 comments

    I love this Building, I don’t know that I would make it a living space, But I would enjoy getting in there, and being able to remodel it. This place is great . I don’t know anything about the area, but this building is the greatest thing I have seen on here.

  4. EdwinaEdwina says: 45 comments
    Orient, OH

    That’s just sad. You said its been getting progressively worse. It really does have a very interesting exterior. The windows are amazingly beautiful. It looks to have so much potential but I agree, someone with deep pockets will have to take ownership of her and love her a lot to bring her up to par. I wish I could afford to do so. Its such a great place.

  5. Michaeljoe62Michaeljoe62 says: 67 comments
    1941 Cape Cod

    That tower…it fascinates me. Like a Stick Style tower crashed into a Second Empire home. The tower roof looks old…but not in keeping with the house’s mansard roof. A later (but not recent) “update”? I feel like it’s going to tip over! I could see, maybe, a brick tower originally shooting straight up that corner…except towers were usually over the front door… Any thoughts or insights on this?

    • KevinPKevinP says: 86 comments

      I agree that the stick/half-timber tower looks to be a later addition. It appears to have been added sometime between 1900 and 1907 per the Sanborn maps. I would also guess that the entry vestibule is a 20th century addition as well, although the arched lentil over the doors is in keeping with those on the rest of the house.

  6. JoAnnJoAnn says: 131 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1903 Melissa, TX

    This could be spectacular but it would take about half a million to do it — at least. I don’t think I would try to go back to the original. It could be fascinating and unique and wonderful in an eclectic style.

  7. BethanyBethany says: 3466 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I’m not given to swearing but this one made scratch my head and say, “What the &#$%?”

  8. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 902 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
    Lockport, NY

    This may sound crazy, but looking at those additions, and given the houses orientation, I believe an excellent adaptive reuse would be for a traditional art atelier. The north facing windows would be perfect to paint from!


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