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Could this be one of Vigo County's oldest homes?
After suffering years of neglect and eventual foreclosure, one of Vigo County’s earliest homes has a new lease on life, thanks to the intervention of sympathetic new owners with a proven track record in rehabbing historic properties.
If local claims are accurate, the Lambert House – located southwest of Terre Haute – was constructed sometime in the mid-1820s. The house’s current appearance is more characteristic of a c.1860 Greek Revival/Italianate home, though certain features such as hand-hewn beams lend credence to claims that the house started as a much earlier brick one-story structure.
Following foreclosure, Fannie Mae listed the property for a low price that could easily have put it in the hands of a buyer who’d demolish it for new construction. Fortunately, the Lambert House caught the attention of veteran restorers. Buying a foreclosed home is never easy, particularly one in such serious disrepair. Indiana Landmarks supported the long process by advocating the home’s significance with the mortgage company.
Rehab work is well underway as the new owners transform the property into a country retreat. They intend to restore the Lambert House to its c.1860 exterior appearance, including removing an Italianate portico added to the home sometime in the 1970s. They’ll also be working with local historians to investigate claims of the home’s 1820s provenance.
For more information, contact Tommy Kleckner, Director of Indiana Landmarks’ Western Regional Office, 812-232-4534, email@example.com.