NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (August 22, 2014) – Nickel Plate Arts and the Noblesville Preservation Alliance have teamed up to create “Help Move the Kincaid House,” a crowdsourcing campaign, to raise funds to relocate the historic Kincaid House in Fishers, Ind., so it can begin a new life as a focal point along I-69.
“The Noblesville Preservation Alliance is making history by saving history,” said Ailithir McGill, Nickel Plate Arts’ director. “After partnering with them to save the Judge Stone House in Noblesville, we’re excited to work together again to give this Hamilton County historical landmark a new home.”
The total cost of moving the house is estimated at $115,000, which includes site preparation and transportation for the 0.4-mile journey across 106th Street to two acres of land on the west side of Navient’s Fishers campus. Navient donated the parcel of land August 15 as a permanent location for the house if funds could be raised to relocate it.
Tax-deductible donations will be accepted at www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-move-the-kincaid-house beginning August 22. (The campaign ended September 30)
To kick off “Help Move the Kincaid House,” Thompson Thrift, the owner/developer of the house’s current home, provided a lead gift of $20,000. As an additional incentive, Hamilton County Tourism announced it will match new public donations up to $45,000.
If the fundraising campaign is successful, the concrete footings for the historic home will be poured and the move planned for later this fall. An early architectural sketch of how the house could be located on the Navient property is attached. In addition to its role in saving the Kincaid House, Indiana Landmarks provided a $2,500 grant to determine landscaping and construction options for the property once it is relocated. Peterson Architecture of Noblesville donated additional in-kind hours for the architectural rendering.
Hamilton County Tourism is teaming up with Nickel Plate Arts and the Noblesville Preservation Alliance to lead a feasibility study to determine the best use of the house and land once the move has taken place. During the fundraising campaign, the public can provide ideas for the future use of the house at the “Help Move the Kincaid House” website.
“We’re grateful for the community support that is rallying behind the house,” said Mike Corbett, Noblesville Preservation Alliance treasurer. “Without involvement from Nickel Plate Arts, Hamilton County Tourism, Navient, Indiana Landmarks, and Thompson Thrift, Hamilton County would have lost a major piece of history.”
The final ownership, management, and development of both the property and the house itself will be determined once the feasibility study is completed.