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Fixer-Upper: Delap-Fyffe Farmstead

Fixer-Upper: Delap-Fyffe Farmstead

by Teresa Iafolla

This darling Friday Fixer-Upper comes with over 156 years of history and a great story! Built in 1859, the Delap-Fyffe Farmstead was built as a wedding present from David Delap to his wife, Alli (Can you imagine a better wedding present?). True to the DIY spirit, David cut the wood for the house himself and had it polished off in the nearby town.
 

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1585 West Maple Grove Road
Bloomington, Indiana, 47404
$125,000
 
Designed in the Greek Revival style, this farmhouse is full of unique architectural details. Check out the elegant woodwork, built-in cabinets, the high ceilings and crown moulding around all the windows and doors. The size (1669 sq ft with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms) is what I call my “goldilocks” for restoration projects – not so big that it seems an insurmountable project, but still enough room to really dig in.
 
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In addition to the beautiful house, the Delap-Fyffe farmstead comes with 6.23 acres of surrounding landscape – complete with a small ravine and a creek that feeds into the local Beanblossom creek (how cute is that name?).
 
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What a package deal! The Delap-Fyffe Farmstead also has three tool sheds and this historic, limestone well house.
 
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The Delap-Fyffe family is still around and rightfully wants to protect this historic gem and find new owners who will restore it to its full glory. What an opportunity! It’s not every day that you find a fixer-upper with such a well-recorded story, and family still around to offer even more details about the history.
 
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If you see yourself nesting in this unique Greek Revival home, contact Indiana Landmarks agent Mark Dollase at 317.639.4534 or [email protected]
 
 
 
 
 
 
LeonaAUTHOR TERESA IAFOLLA
A contributor to the CIRCA blog, Teresa has been captivated by old, character-rich houses since she was little. Growing up in the cookie-cutter suburbs of Montgomery County, Maryland, she dreamed of one day calling a quirky, old Victorian “home,” often pouring over house plans and blueprints from the local hardware store. Chasing that fondness for all things steeped in history, Teresa attended college at William & Mary, the second-oldest college in the U.S., based in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. After graduating with a degree in English Literature and Psychology, she moved into a restored Baltimore row home, circa 1830. Currently, Teresa lives in San Francisco and spends her days ogling the colorful Victorian Italianates that line her Mission neighborhood.

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