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Tower House back on the market

Tower House up for sale again after holding period

The Tower House on Banker's Row is back on the market.

Indiana Landmarks, a nonprofit state preservation organization, has reacquired the two-story house at 136 Eel River Ave. that in 2011 was sold to an Illinois couple.

Steve and Susanne Brinkman had intended to breathe new life into the historic house, but "they had some personal setbacks and medical issues ... that sidetracked them," said Todd Zeiger, director of the South Bend office of Indiana Landmarks. The organization worked out a deal with the couple to regain ownership of the house and intends to sell it to a restoration-minded person, Zeiger said.

Once on the verge of demolition, Indiana Landmarks, which at the time operated under the name Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, stepped in to work with local entities to save the building — and with it, the character of Banker's Row as a whole.

"A lot of people that come to Logansport know that Banker's Row of homes," Zeiger pointed out. "The loss of that Tower House would've really opened up a gap in the row."

"You lose one tooth in the row, then pretty much you lose others," he said.

The organization funded renovations over the course of about six years, some of which were carried out over three years by students at Century Career Center. After those renovations were finished — which included structural work on the roof and the tower, new electrical wiring and plumbing, and a new furnace — the house was featured on the cover of the January-February 2010 edition of Indiana Landmarks' magazine, Indiana Preservationist.

Since then, however, it's been in a holding pattern. Indiana Landmarks' reacquisition is meant to get the house's restoration finished, Zeiger said.

Its significance to the organization, he added, lies in its age and architectural distinction.

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