ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) - Some believe that old homes have souls, that's why they say the structures refuse to collapse. The Historic McDonald mansion in Attica is a home that was close to being condemned but in the last year has been given a breath of fresh air.
"The house was built in 1855 by a man named James McDonald,” said Michael Baird the Inn Keeper and Historian at the McDonald Mansion. “He was a local businessman that had several business interests but made the bulk of his money in meat processing."
The McDonald house in Attica is 165 years old. The well-known structure has seen its fair share of owners. It eventually fell into disrepair. In fact, in 2015 it was listed as one of the top 10 Most Endangered Landmarks in the state, according to the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. That is when the new owner decided to buy the historic home and restore it.
"I have been driving by this home since I lived and was a resident in Warren County for a decade," said Katy Kays the owner of the Historic McDonald Mansion.
Kays took ownership of the home a little over a year ago. She gave the 4,800 square foot home a breath of fresh air, which is exactly what it needed.
"The northwest facade of the house had been reinforced but had come down," said Kays.
After all the renovations, it is now serving the community as a historic Airbnb. A new use that is something the community of Attica has been more than happy to welcome.
"We have just been so embraced by the community and we've embraced them back,” said Kays. “It has been such a privilege and so many things have changed in the last 14 months since I acquired the home."
The original owners of the Mansion were very influential in the community. They often hosted parties and entertained guests on a regular basis. Which is why making the home an active part of the community is something this house has in its bones.
"This place has always been a gathering place,” said Baird. “So it’s really a no brainer to go from there to an Airbnb where we can still service the community.”
The home had been vacant for nearly 20 years before Kays bought it. All floors, doors, and fireplaces are original to the historic home. If you are interested in renting a room or the whole house, click here.