Indiana Landmarks hosts a double Landmark Look on May 19, offering visitors a peek at two historic homes in Dupont and Madison. The houses may not officially qualify as tiny, but they’re both “mini” versions of high-style mid-nineteenth century homes.
When Indiana Landmarks discovered the Levi Butler House in Dupont, 10 miles north of Madison, it was hidden beneath ivy gone wild on a site overtaken by nature. The 1847 diamond-in-the-rough had holes in the roof, vanishing paint, and a crumbling chimney. Indiana Landmarks peeled away the ivy to reveal a Greek Revival gem, fixed the roof and chimney, and found a buyer in Mark Hopkins.
Hopkins checked out the property on Indiana Landmarks’ website from his home in Miami, Florida, and saw a beautiful little house rather than a wreck. Two years later, his restoration is nearly complete, and the house outfitted with his eclectic mix of modern and antique furnishings.
Sally Wurtz, a Realtor and experienced rehabber who specializes in historic homes, downsized from 3,000 to 1,000 square feet when she bought a Federal-style house on Madison’s West First Street. She restored the main façade of the one-bedroom brick cottage, recreating the original front stoop and door that a previous owner had replaced with a window. Inside, exposed brick forms a warm backdrop on the living room fireplace wall and kitchen.
The Landmark Look, 2-4 p.m., is $10 per person (free for members of Indiana Landmarks), with advance registration required. Register or purchase tickets by May 17 online at dupontmadisonlooks.eventbrite.
With its Landmark Look series, Indiana Landmarks offers peeks into historically significant and intriguing properties throughout Indiana.
WHAT: Landmark Look at private homes in Dupont and Madison
WHEN: May 19, 2-4 p.m.
WHERE: Mark Hopkins’ restoration in progress in Dupont and Sally Wurtz’s home in Madison
COST: $10/person (free for members of Indiana Landmarks); advance reservation required.
REGISTER: Register by May 17 at dupontmadisonlooks.eventbrite.