LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An eyesore in Lafayette is transforming into a life-changing resource, and it's being done with the property's history in mind.
"Right now it's an eyesore and we want to make it a source of pride," said Home With Hope Director of Development Deanna McMillan.
A source of pride, with an emphasis on history.
"You have the high ceilings," said Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission Vice President Sean Lutes. "You've got the bulls-eye door frames, hardwood floors throughout, and Queen Anne woodwork on the exterior."
Home with Hope, Inc. is renovating and restoring the 1890's Queen Anne-style duplex.
"Solid studs throughout the house," added Lutes. "Even the banisters are original, and it's sturdy."
It's on Ferry Street, right next to Home With Hope's men's facility.
Someday it will become three quarter housing for those struggling with addiction, and its location is key.
"We will come in and check on them and make sure they're safe and make sure their focus is still their recovery," said Home With Hope Executive Director Allison Miner.
The duplex will offer affordable housing for six people getting addiction recovery support.
However, McMillan said it comes at a cost, especially since it's being done with historical preservation in mind.
"We have functioning transoms above the doors," explained Lutes. "That's a nineteenth-century feature."
The home was almost torn down because they thought the siding had asbestos in it. It turns out, it doesn't, and now it's being restored.
McMillan said it's a representation of what's going to take place inside once it's finished."
"If you look at the people who are in recovery, they had a past that maybe sometimes they would want to forget," said McMillan.
Although it may be hard to see it now.
"The hardwood floors in this house are in really good shape," added Lutes. "So, we want to clean them up, polish them and really showcase them."
The home has a solid foundation.
"Nothings squishy or sagging," Lutes explained. "It just speaks volumes to how they used to build these houses with this solid wood."
That's something reflected in the lives that will be changed there someday.
"We want to take the best of what's from the past and we want to restore it and we want to keep it and have it live into the future," McMillan said.
The project is expected to cost about $150,000, and Home with Hope, Inc. is still trying to raise money for the restoration.
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