Indiana Veterans’ Home, West Lafayette
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.
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.