Oliver P. and Mary Alice Gaar Mansion

at Main and 13th Street, Richmond, Indiana

Photo: "Photo: Mansion of Oliver P. and Mary Alice Gaar, with blooming white Bradford Pear tree in front of the home.

Photo taken April 15, 2004

Floorplan image Copyright 1991 Gaar Houses Richmond, Indiana by James P. Hartig and Gertrude L. Ward, Illustrated by Michael L. CougillThis Classic Revival style home was built circa 1903 as the home of Oliver P. and Mary Alice Gaar. Stephen O. Yates of Richmond, Indiana is credited as the architect.

The first floor housed a double parlor, a sitting room and a receiving area, in addition to the dining room and kitchen. Woodwork consists of oak and cherry. A large oak stairs leads to the 2nd floor bedrooms, all of which include gas-burning fireplaces.

A ballroom takes up over half of the third floor space.

The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 (#100000717).

Read more about this and other former Gaar homes in the book:

Gaar Houses, Richmond · Indiana
by James P. Hartig and Gertrude L. Ward, Illustrated by Michael L. Cougill
Copyright 1991, Neighborhood Preservation Services, Inc.
Centerville, Indiana
Morrisson-Reeves Library Call # 977.263 H32

The home has served as a funeral home, a spa and a wedding venue. In 2019 the home is a private residence.

Historical photo from the 1906 Dalbey's "Pictorial History of the City of Richmond"
Historical 1906 Photo of the Oliver P. Gaar House, from Dalbey's Pictorial History of the City of Richmond"

Floor plan Image ©1991, Gaar Houses, Richmond · Indiana
by James P. Hartig and Gertrude L. Ward, Illustrated by Michael L. Cougill

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