DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - A historical home in Delphi has been named one of the ten most endangered places in Indiana. Some hope the designation will be a good thing and attract somebody to spruce the place up.
The Bowen House on Main Street was built 117 years ago. It's a well-known home complete with a ballroom, carriage house, original woodwork and leather wallpaper.
Mike Jones has lived next to the historic house for years. He said the inside is just as incredible as the outside.
"Well they have the cherry room, they have the walnut room and they have the oak room. And then the stairway that goes up stairs is magnificent," said Jones.
But with a leaky tile roof, all those rooms are in danger of being ruined. That's why the Bowen House has been added to this year's list of ten most endangered places, selected by Indiana Landmarks.
"It basically is unattended right now. It has gone into foreclosure and so there basically is a lock out," said Anita Werling with the Delphi Preservation Society.
Werling said she hopes somebody can buy it and spruce it up. She said the money from the Stellar Grant must go toward the stated projects so there's no money in that budget for the Bowen House. However, she hopes becoming a Stellar Community will catch the eye of a potential buyer.
"We're fortunate because Delphi is receiving so much attention as a result of Stellar, there could be developers or other people who are interested and see the future of what Delphi will be like in just a couple more years," said Werling.
"I would hope to see a couple get in there that love the house as much as most people, who can take care of it," said Jones.
Werling said the properties listed on the endangered list have a good track record of being revived and restored. She's very hopeful for the Bowen House.
News 18 spoke with the most recent owner of the Bowen House Friday evening. He said his wife was in a serious car crash six years ago and they had trouble dealing with insurance companies. Therefore, they had a hard time taking care of the large house.
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