Historical home clean-up scheduled


Clean-up on the historical McShane home will begin at 10 a.m. May 4 at the home, 10000 Westfield Blvd.

The new owners, Paul and Emily Ehrgott, will have a dumpster onsite and will provide a list of jobs to perform, varying from cleaning the yard to repairing and painting fences to ripping up old carpet. Bring a hammer and a paint brush if possible, and park on the street along 101st Street.

There are no restrooms on the property, but volunteers can use the facilities nearby at the Monon Center. Volunteers should bring their own snacks and lunch if they plan to work that long. Organizers plan to work until around 2 p.m.

Volunteers, who can work as little or as long as they like, are asked to RSVP to Katherine Dell, executive director of the Carmel Clay Historical Society, at carmelclayhistory@yahoo.com or by calling 846-7117.

The McShane home is one of the oldest in the Carmel area, built in 1886. It was abandoned by its owners several years ago and has been deteriorating ever since.

The statewide preservation group Indiana Landmarks recently bought the home with support from its Endangered Places Program and then sold it to the Ehrgotts in early April.