Potter-Haan House, Lafayette|
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Lafayette mansion is a holiday classic
Most folks probably think of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair as a backdrop in the holiday classic film Meet Me in St. Louis. The fair – or rather, one of its landmarks -- plays a starring role in this year’s Western Regional Holiday Open House.
The Lafayette home of Bob and Ellie Haan was originally constructed as the Connecticut Pavilion at the 1904 fair. At the fair’s end, Indiana attorney William Potter bought and shipped the 10,900 square-foot home to Lafayette to be reassembled as a gift for his wife, Fannie. The Haans bought the unique landmark in 1984.
Avid art collectors, the Haans recently opened the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art at the house, showcasing a collection of more than 100 works by Indiana artists, including examples from the Hoosier Group and Brown County Art Colony.
On Friday, December 6, members of Indiana Landmarks have an opportunity to explore the art and architectural treasures at the Haan house during our annual Holiday Open House, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The open house is free for members, but we request an RSVP at lafayetteholiday.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact our Western Regional Office, 812-232-4534, email@example.com.
Learn more about the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art www.haanmuseum.org.