WABASH, Ind. (WFFT) -- Out of 23 historic homes in Wabash, six were selected for the Indiana Landmarks revitalization project.
The homes range from 3,500 to 4,500 square feet in the East Wabash Historic District, a National Register-listed neighborhood roughly bounded by Walnut, East Market, North Wabash and South East streets.
“These houses were very substandard, but they were quite historic," said Paul Hayden, Director of Indiana Landmarks’ northeast field office in Wabash.
Hayden says the homes are "very fine houses in a very stable neighborhood."
But they've been used for rentals over decades and Indiana Landmarks intends to address homes that are rundown, fix them up while preserving their historic value, and allow homeowners a chance to live in them again.
Indiana Landmarks board member Dave Haist says that's the purpose of the statewide nonprofit, "to keep [ the homes'] historical nature, but give the owner essentially full freedom to re-do the inside of the home.”
He says, “By making the investment in that neighborhood, we can change that neighborhood to make it far more vibrant and aesthetically pleasing.”
Indiana Landmarks plans to have the homes on the market by early spring of 2021.
For more information on the East Wabash Historic District revitalization project, click here.