Our September 6 Landmark Look spotlights the Kelly-Graham House in Washington, Indiana.|
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An exclusive glimpse of Daviess County dream house
Most communities have a historic house that leaves children and adults dreaming of catching a glimpse of the grand interior. In Washington, Indiana, the Kelly-Graham House is that home. The dreams can come true on September 6, when Indiana Landmarks stages a Landmark Look, an exclusive open house at the private home.
Situated on a city block-sized parcel with a two-story garage of matching style, the house was built to impress. Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Kelly from Chicago commissioned the Prairie-style house in 1912. With its low-slung profile, green tile roof with expansive overhangs, dark brick, and broad front porch with limestone urns, the house is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie homes of the period. Inside, that influence disappears.
Marshall Field of Chicago designed the interior, where all but one room (an impressive Arts & Crafts space) on the main floor interior is predominantly Jacobethan in style – including tapestries of classically-inspired scenes, stenciled ceiling murals, beamed ceilings, limestone fireplace surrounds, Circassian walnut paneling and mosaic tiled floors.
Robert C. Graham, a prominent business and civic leader in Washington and Daviess County, bought the house in 1918 when the Kellys divorced. Among his many business achievements, Graham served as executive vice president of the Graham-Paige automobile manufacturing company in Detroit.
The home remained in the Graham family for more than 70 years, until Washington native Dr. John Kramer and his wife Suzanne bought the house in the early 1990s. The Kramers took pains to preserve the local landmark, a respect and dedication John has continued since Suzanne’s death in 2009.
At our Landmark Look on September 6, guests will enjoy a rare look at the home’s remarkable interior and learn more about its history. The event is free, but we require an RSVP at lookgraham.eventbrite.com or call 317-822-7923.