In part 1 of our Famous Indiana Homes series we shared the Benton House, William N. Thompson House, and the Morris-Butler House. These three historic Indiana homes are all located in Indianapolis so we thought we should branch out a little this time.
Below we’ll share famous Indiana homes from Bloomington, Terre Haute, and Vincennes, each one with a fun and unique history.
Eugene Debs is well known for his outspokenness about the labor force and his Socialist views. He lived an exciting life which you can learn more about here. He grew up in Terre Haute and built this famous home in 1890 at 451 North 8th street. The home was originally built for $4,500 dollars and has had several updates over the years. Most recently, the slate roof was replaced in 1989 for a cost of $25,000. In 1993 the home was designated an Indiana State Historical Site.
Indiana University’s first president, Andrew Wylie, built this home in 1835 and it is now owned and managed by the university. The home’s characteristics are more like those of a Pennsylvania home, which makes it unique for the area. The home contains many historical furnishings, some of which are original to the home. Visit the Wylie House website for information about restorations and opportunities to visit this famous Indiana home.
William Henry Harrison built this home when he was governor of the Indiana Territory back in 1804. This is known to be the first brick home in the state of Indiana and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. In its time, this was much more than a home. It served as a center of government for the Indiana Territory as well as a haven during troubled times. You can visit the home to see artifacts and take a tour. Visit the Grouseland website for more details.