Beardsley Carriage House

A fire last summer at 819 N. Main St. began a process of uncovering that the building had been part of Elkhart founder Havilah Beardsley’s farm in the 19th century. The building, which became a residence in the 20th century, is now in the hands of the Ruthmere Foundation.

ELKHART — A July 9 fire at a residence that served as a 19th-century agricultural support building belonging to city founder Havilah Beardsley set a process in motion to bring the building back into the Beardsley fold.

The fire at 819 N. Main St. was severe and made the building unlivable. The owner was told the building was salvageable but significant work would be necessary to make it a usable building meeting code requirements.

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