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Old Houses Under $50K History Tuesday – A Timeline of the Sivey-Tyer Gothic Revival House

History Tuesday at Old Houses Under $50K is for informational purposes only and focuses on beautiful homes that were built for less than $50,000 back in the day. They are usually not for sale, and if they were, they would certainly cost way more than $50K. Today we are featuring the John and Lucinda Sivey House in West Wabash Historic District, Indiana, also known as the Sivey-Tyer House.




Family History

Sivey Family

Located on a corner lot on a terraced yard surrounded by a hoop and spear iron fence is the Sivey House. Built in the late 1850s,  John Calhoun Sivey (1818-1887) and his wife Lucinda Hepner Sivey (1823-1890) came to Wabash County from Virginia in the 1840 as two of the area’s early pioneers. After a few years operating a business in Lagro, Mr. Sivey started studying law in 1848 and was chosen clerk of Wabash County Circuit Court, a position he held for 11 years.


Lucinda Sivey

As well as studying law, Sivey was a land agent best known today for having his name attached to two real estate plats within the district. The couple lived in this home with their children, Juliet, Jennie, Nellie, Flossie, Emma and Lucy.



Tyler Family

In 1862, John and Lucinda sold the house to John B. Tyer (1827-1914) and his wife Sarah Anne Forst Tyer (1835-1915). Mr. Tyer also was an early settler of Wabash County and served as constable for many years. In 1876, the Tyers sold the house to their daughter Mary and her husband, Edward B. Clark. From 1900 on to about the year 2000, the home was rented to tenants and suffered unfortunate alterations, as seen in the c.1996 photo below.


John Tyer


House Timeline


The 1850s Gothic Revival house is unique in that vertical board and batten siding was not common in Indiana at the time.  The front gable featured carved bargeboards, an elaborate jigsaw balustrade, and delicate trim. The doorway with transom and sidelights was a cary-over from Greek Revival architecture. Louvered shutters originally occurred at all the windows.

R.J. Skinner 1861 Wall Map




In the early 199s, the house still retained its beautiful exterior details, including the shutters.



By the mid 1900s, the house was clad is asbestos siding. Fortunately, around 1982, the asbestos was removed to uncover the vertical siding. Sadly, by this time, the shutters, bargeboard, elaborate balustrade and delicate trim had all been removed.

Sivey House 1996


Happily, the Sivey-Tyer House has seen a restoration. The shutters are still missing, but the home stands proud again on its landscaped corner lot in the West Wabash Historic District.


Here is another house in the West Wabash Historic District that is currently for sale for $99,500. For more interior pics, click here.



516 W Hill St, Wabash, IN 46992      $99,500





  • 5bed
  • 1.5bath




About This Circa 1880 Historic Brick Home For Sale in Wabash, IN Under $100K


Grand old historic home for sale featuring six bedrooms, living room, dining room, solarium, enclosed screened porch, butler pantry, open stairs with huge brass chandelier and stairs continues to third floor which is unfinished, rear servants quarters with separate stairs to kitchen area, two car garage and double lot. This home needs lots of work and is being sold as-is. Possible 1st floor bedroom #6.




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Contact Realtor: Glenn Ellenberger with Keystone Realty 













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