Indiana Landmarks will be relocating their Southern Regional Offices to New Albany to save the endangered Louis Hartman House.
The Baity Funeral Home, also known as the Louis Hartman House, was constructed by S. Day & Sons in 1898, who built many of the city’s finest commercial and residential buildings at the turn of the 20th century. The building, which was showcased in a 2013 book by Ray Day, is a notable example of Queen Anne architecture, featuring corner turrets, multiple bay windows, shingled gables, wraparound columned porch, stained and leaded glass, oak woodwork, parquet flooring, and more.
The building served as the Baity Funeral Home, a prominent African-American business in the community, for over 40 years. Unfortunately, the building was badly damaged in January of 2017 by a fire and threatened with demolition.