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Meridian home tour is Sunday

Friday, September 22, 2006

- Home of Ann and Scott Tillman,

614 N. Meridian St.

What: Meridian-Forest Historic District Fifth Annual Historic Home Tour

When: Sunday Sept. 24, 1-5 PM


1. Home of Ann and Scott Tillman, 614 N. Meridian St.

2. Former home of Dr. Dan Biggs, 621 S. Walnut St., Presbyterian Manse (Parsonage)

3. Davis Trust Building, Corner of Meridian and U.S. 40

4. Refreshments by the Pool, 520 N. Meridian St., home of Dave and Veda Bussing

Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at any of the four sites Sunday.

All proceeds will benefit the Meridian-Forest Historic District for Brazil Community Projects and Historic Landmarks of Indiana.

For additional information call 878-4251.

This all brick, Victorian style home was built in 1890 by the Zeller family. This three-story home is unique with its transitional influences of the Art and Crafts style and the Victorian Style.

It still retains the original clay tile roof with the swept "pagoda" dormers, influences of the early Arts and Crafts movement. Original Stained Glass window and Half Round Terre-Cotta entry create an impressive statement to the front of the home. Natural woodwork and hardwood floors abound through-out the house, with unique Victorian and Arts and Crafts styling. The property also has the original two story carriage house and over 5000 sq. ft. of living space in the main residence. Six bedrooms, three fireplaces and two staircases make this a truly amazing artifact of architectural history.

- Presbyterian Manse (Parsonage) 621 S. Walnut

This beautiful all-brick Queen Anne style house built in 1905. The three- story features a unique open double staircase leading the second level and lots of natural woodwork throughout.

The home was built as the Presbyterian parsonage and served as the residence for the church ministers until the 1970s.

Dr. Dan Biggs was the last minister to occupy the home in 1973. Since then, the property has been a private residence.

The first minister to move into the new Manse was the Rev. Stitt. He and his wife lived in the residence until 1907.

Several ministers, their wives and lots of children followed in occupying the residence over the past 100 years and many more as sure to enjoy this residence.

A fire in 1956 required some remodeling and new construction to the residence, but the overall character of the house and details remained intact.

Tomorrow, more homes on the tour.

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