Work to begin on Caretaker's House

The city of West Lafayette is moving forward with plans to renovate a 115-year-old house.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017 5:36 PM
Updated: Dec. 19, 2017 5:45 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of West Lafayette is moving forward with plans to renovate a 115-year-old house.

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The Caretaker's Home is off of Salisbury Street, next to Grand View Cemetery. After years of neglect, the city purchased the home to fix it up.  It plans to use the home as a city archive and history museum.

This morning, the Board of Works approved a contract with Kettlehut Construction. Kettlehut will begin fixing the holes in the roof and floor to stop any further damage.

Director of Development Erik Carlson said the house is worth saving.

"If we were to get rid of what got us here, there would be really no purpose for us to continue on," Carlson said. "We want to make sure the things that have been here, and one of the reasons West Lafayette is so great, are preserved for future generations."

Work on the Caretaker's Home is set to begin in January.

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