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.

Follow Rasmus S. Jorgensen on Twitter at @ReadRasmus

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.