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October 26, 2007

Crew films episode in Logansport home

<b>Wabash Avenue residence will be featured on HGTV next spring</b>

Until 1980, the house at 612 E. Wabash Ave. was well known around town as a brothel. Now, the home will be known nationwide, when it is featured on HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk.”

On Friday, homeowner Cheryl Callahan took a camera crew and producers through the home as she told stories about its past as part of an area once called the “red-light district” and “the lines.”

One of the stories she shares was of a major raid that shut the district down 27 years ago.

According to a Pharos-Tribune article from October 1980, the raid included 49 city policemen, state troopers and federal agents, and it led to the arrests of more than 20 individuals. There were several other homes in the area included in the raid. Criminal charges included promoting prostitution, conspiracy, bribery and corrupt business influence.

Callahan, who grew up in Logansport and moved to Florida in the 1970s, bought the home in September 2001. The 1963 graduate of Logansport High School said she remembered the area well from her childhood.

Callahan began restoring the home not long after she bought it, gutting it from top to bottom.

While restoring the home, Callahan, who continues to work on the house when she visits her father, Harold Reid, found many items of interest.

“When we were gutting one of the walls, lo and behold, there were two blouses,” Callahan told host Mike Siegel as she held up two off-white tops. “It really made you feel in touch with the people.”

Covered up on a wall in the middle of the house was a small, rectangular peephole that Callahan uncovered while restoring the home.

“We can only imagine what it was for,” she said. “I’d like to think it was to pass the money. There was a room on the other side of the peephole.”

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