Art Moderne-style home in Ind. no longer ‘endangered’

Jeff McCoy stands in front of the T.G. Wilkinson House, which he bought last year and is in the process of restoring. The Art Moderne-style home is constructed of steel-reinforced concrete faced with brick veneer that has been painted white, an element of the original design. Photo Courtesy Indiana Landmarks.

Jeff McCoy stands in front of the T.G. Wilkinson House, which he bought last year and is in the process of restoring. The Art Moderne-style home is constructed of steel-reinforced concrete faced with brick veneer that has been painted white, an element of the original design. Photo Courtesy Indiana Landmarks.Jeff McCoy stands in front of the T.G. Wilkinson House, which he bought last year and is in the process of restoring. The Art Modern-style home is constructed of steel-reinforced concrete faced with brick veneer that has been painted white, an element of the original design. Photo Courtesy Indiana Landmarks.

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) – A Muncie man who once admired a 1930s-era house that is a rare example of Art Moderne-style architecture is now working to preserve the dwelling as its owner.

Jeff McCoy bought the T.G. Wilkinson House in May 2012 at a sheriff’s sale after the property was placed on Indiana Landmarks’ list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places.

McCoy tells The Star Press he has always been attracted to older, unique homes. The Wilkinson house is often compared to a movie star’s home.

The house was designed by Indianapolis architect Leslie Ayres in 1933.

McCoy, who is director of testing at nearby Ball State University, says Art Moderne-style homes were often chic homes of wealthy residents who liked to entertain.

McCoy says he doesn’t have time to entertain because fixing up the house is a huge undertaking.

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Jeff McCoy stands in front of the T.G. Wilkinson House, which he bought last year and is in the process of restoring. The Art Moderne-style home is constructed of steel-reinforced concrete faced with brick veneer that has been painted white, an element of the original design. Photo Courtesy Indiana Landmarks.

Jeff McCoy stands in front of the T.G. Wilkinson House, which he bought last year and is in the process of restoring. The Art Moderne-style home is constructed of steel-reinforced concrete faced with brick veneer that has been painted white, an element of the original design. Photo Courtesy Indiana Landmarks.Jeff McCoy stands in front of the T.G. Wilkinson House, which he bought last year and is in the process of restoring. The Art Modern-style home is constructed of steel-reinforced concrete faced with brick veneer that has been painted white, an element of the original design. Photo Courtesy Indiana Landmarks.