exterior of Mission-style house featuring front porch and patterned brick chimneys, save this old house brazil indiana
Photo: Veda Bussing

Inspired by The 1893 World's Fair

Price: $39,900
Location: Brazil, Indiana
Contact: Veda Bussing, 812-208-2595

The History: When Thomas McCrea built this grand Mission Revival house, in 1910, it no doubt came as a surprise to his neighbors, most of whom favored the modest Folk Victorian cottages that peppered the main thoroughfares of their small farming town. But while attending the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, McCrea had fallen in love with this style of architecture, which had been used to construct an elaborate booth for the state of California. By the time Thomas built his house, he'd had professional success as a bank vice president and the owner of the Brazil Hollow Brick and Tile Company. While he never married, he took in his widowed mother and two sisters, one of whom, Louise, occupied the master bedroom until her death in 1977, at the age of 99. The house has had just three owners since.

Shown: The five-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath house has a handsome front porch and patterned brick chimneys.

Zillow, the real-estate marketplace, wants to see this home restored. As a Proud Preservation Partner of Save This Old House, Zillow is offering a $2,000 award to the buyer of this diamond in the rough. Contact toh_marketing@timeinc.com for details. And to explore more homes for sale, visit zillow.com. Offer expires 7/31/2015.
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