6445 W Maple Grove Rd, Ellettsville, IN
Known as the "Matthews Mansion", this historic home of John Matthews (considered the "Father of Indiana Limestone Industry") was constructed between 1879-1880, entirely of limestone in the French Second Empire Style. Contemporary history maintains the house was designed by architect Jean-Louis Charles Garnier, most noted for designing the Opera House in Paris, France. The house consists of 3 full floors and is constructed of very large limestone blocks laid without mortar. The limestone walls are 22 inches thick. There are 2 double-flue, capped chimneys to provide a flue in every room. Zinc-lined gutters. Dormer window frames are zinc. The walls and original ceilings are horse-hair plaster. Etched glass panels called "flash glass" originally filled the transoms & 3 remain (2 cobalt blue, 1 ruby above back door). The mansard roof of hexagonal slate tiles are surmounted by the cast iron fence of lacy design. Most of the woodwork is black walnut. Working fireplaces with stainless liners. The Mansion is part of the Matthews and Sons Stone Co. Historic District in the National & State Registers of Historic Places. Smithville fiber optic ready. Detached, insulated 4-car garage with storage room above. Property is zoned Limited Industrial with Historic Preservation Overlay. Historic stone fence & gate. First time on the market in 25 years. Don't miss this opportunity to own this distinctive, historic property.