Need a gift for someone who has everything?

How about a historic house in a small Indiana town?

Looking for a gift for someone who has everything? How about a restored historic home in the small Indiana town of Spencer, just 30 minutes west of Bloomington?

The 1874 Beem House sits on a hill overlooking a multi-acre estate that includes a carriage house, a summer kitchen, and a restored barn. An outstanding example of Italianate architecture, the 3,456-square-foot house features original trim and hardwoods, 14-foot ceilings, and a limestone foundation. The main floor includes a parlor, library with built-in bookcases, a formal dining room, a large kitchen and two staircases.

The property will be sold with Indiana Landmarks’ protective covenants to ensure its long-term preservation. It is listed for $889,000. Details at

The home’s original owner, Captain David Enoch Beem, was reportedly the first college graduate from Owen County, graduating from Indiana University in 1860 with a law degree. According to reports, helped organize a volunteer militia to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War, fighting in famous battles including Antietam and Gettysburg.

Sara Edgerton, former chair of Indiana Landmarks’ board of directors, oversaw restoration of the house, work that included rebuilding the home’s signature tower, taken down decades earlier. In addition to the house, she restored the carriage house and summer kitchen, and added a multi-purpose barn constructed of materials from an old barn on her ancestral land in Grant County. Edgerton donated the Beem House to Indiana Landmarks, charging that proceeds from sale of the property go toward the organization’s preservation programs.


Mindi Woolman, Director of Marketing and Communications, Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534, 317-417-1204 (cell),

Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, strengthens connections to our diverse heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservation. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit

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