10 Most Endangered

Commandant’s Row

Indiana Veterans’ Home, West Lafayette

Photo by Lee Lewellen

Veterans of War

In the 1890s, as Civil War vets aged and faced penury as a result of injuries suffered in the conflict, Indiana created a state soldiers’ home on land donated by Tippecanoe County. The Indiana Veterans’ Home remains on the site in a variety of undistinguished modern structures while two of the three remaining original buildings—Lawrie Library and the Administration Building, both built in 1896—face demolition by neglect. The two join the Commandant’s Home, built in 1899, on a curving, tree shaded campus drive from North River Road.

The long-vacant administration building has been threatened with demolition in the past.  While currently occupied, the Commandant’s Home also needs significant repair. The three landmarks need investment and sustainable new uses that complement the Indiana Veterans’ Home.

For More Information

Tommy Kleckner
Director
Indiana Landmarks Western Regional Office
812-232-4534
tkleckner@indianalandmarks.org

Matthew Weller
Chairman, Preservation Committee
Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation
765-418-3405
matt.p.weller@gmail.com

Act Now to Save This Place

Saving threatened buildings takes teamwork. You can be a part of that team. Reach out to local leaders. Let them know these buildings are important to you. And support state and local preservation groups.