Community Contributions Save Tiny Newburgh Landmark

Newburgh residents used the power of Kickstarter to raise funds to save an early community landmark.

Little Red Brick House, Newburgh

Small but Mighty

It’s a big job to move a little house, even one as tiny as Newburgh’s “Little Red Brick House.” A project to relocate the small structure garnered broad community support via a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $19,000.

When a new property owner made plans to use land occupied by the diminutive landmark, a group of Newburgh residents partnered with Historic Newburgh, Inc., to launch the campaign to save the house. Supporters developed a plan to move the house a mile up the Ohio River to the Old Lock and Dam Park, where it could serve as a ticket booth or concession stand for a proposed amphitheater.

Though no records exist, architectural clues – including chiseled limestone steps and lintels, and locally kiln-fired bricks – place construction of the small house (just 300 square feet) in the mid 1800s. At one time, the house was entirely enclosed by later additions. A fire in the 1980s destroyed the additions, revealing the original historic structure.

Little Red Brick House, Newburgh

Once in its new home, the little brick house will join a complex of historic buildings that includes a log cabin, cottages and a lockmaster’s house. The move and renovation are expected to cost nearly $80,000. Combined with a Heritage Support Grant, provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc., and more than 100 individual donations, funds from the Kickstarter campaign put the group more than halfway to its goal. Supporters hope a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will close the gap.

Read more about the project here.

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