24 March 2008
For immediate release
Contact: Greg Sekula, Director, Southern Regional Office, 812-284-4534,
Historic Landmarks Foundation to move house in Jeffersonville
Varble House saved by relocation to Chestnut Street
On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana will
save the two-story Varble House in downtown Jeffersonville by moving it six
blocks. The Foundation hired Edwards House and Building Movers to move the
house from 301 East Riverside Drive to 125 West Chestnut Street.
The house will travel from Riverside Drive west to Spring Street, north on
Spring Street to Chestnut Street, and west on Chestnut Street to the new
site. The move will start at 7:30 a.m. and is expected to take 4-6 hours.
"Built in 1914 for Dr. W. Marshall Varble, the American Foursquare home has
Arts & Crafts detailing," states Gregory Sekula, Director of Historic
Landmarks' Southern Regional Office. "Moving a structure is always a
last-resort option for Historic Landmarks Foundation. We're fortunate that
we had a suitable site that keeps the house downtown," he adds.
Jeffersonville architect Wayne Estopinal grew up in the house and intends to
build a new residence on the site. He donated the house to Historic
Landmarks so that it might be preserved. The house will be placed next to
the Willey-Allhands House, where Historic Landmarks' Southern Regional
Office is located. The Varble House, on a new crawl space foundation, will
be offered for sale to a preservation-minded buyer who will complete the
rehabilitation. Preservation covenants held by Historic landmarks Foundation
of Indiana will protect the house no matter who owns it in the future.
On the date of the move, temporary power outages and phone and cable service
outages will occur along the route as utility crews remove lines to allow
the house to travel to the new site. On-street parking will be prohibited in
the 100 and 200 blocks of E. Riverside Drive, the 100 and 200 blocks of
Spring Street, and the 100 block of West Chestnut Street from 6:00 a.m.
until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. The public parking lot on the north
side of Preservation Station will also be closed Saturday through Monday as
the house is positioned on the new lot.
"The relocation will help fill in the streetscape on Chestnut, and
contribute to the area's revitalization," Sekula notes. "Historic Landmarks
Foundation apologizes for any inconvenience the move-related closures and
outages may cause," offers Sekula. "In fact, we hope some will consider the
move itself historic and worth watching