Time Travel is Possible at this Vevay Home

From the outside, Vevay’s Grisard Home is an 1850s Greek Revival classic. Inside, it’s a Mid-Century Modern time capsule.

Grisard House, Vevay
1848 Grisard House, Vevay. (Photo: Kyle Petrozza)

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Love the stately look of a classic historic house, but crave the cool, retro vibes of a mid-century home? A unique house in Vevay — on the market for the first time in more than 100 years — has both angles covered.

Built for Captain Frederick Grisard in 1848, the house at 205 E. Main Street has remained in the same family for four generations. Outside, it has many of the Greek Revival features you’d expect from a home of the era, from a front door with sidelights and transom to a column-lined front porch. But step through the front door, and you’ll think you’ve traveled through a time portal.

In the 1950s, an addition and major interior remodel transformed the house into a mid-century showplace. A design team from Indianapolis department store L.S. Ayres & Co. traveled to Vevay to give the home a slick modern makeover with stylish wallpaper, trendy paint colors, custom furniture, and architectural updates including an asymmetrical fireplace in the living room.

Grisard House, Vevay

A 1959 remodel transformed the interior of the Grisard House into a Mid-Century Modern showplacee. (Photo: Kyle Petrozza)

Today the home’s interior remains a time capsule of interior design. The sale includes furniture and other retro items, including aqua melamine tableware that matches the aqua kitchen. Don’t worry, appliances have been updated or refurbished to meet modern standards. The 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath house covers almost 3,900 square feet, and an adjacent two-story carriage house has room for two cars.

The home’s location offers its own amenities. The Switzerland County Historical Society museum is located directly next door, with a regular schedule of events, workshops, and classes. Historic downtown Vevay is only steps away, where you’ll find restaurants, shops, and the Historic Hoosier Theatre. Another short stroll takes you to the Ohio River.

The house is currently listed for $324,950. To find out more or schedule a viewing, contact realtor Sarah Jordan.

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