John and Frances Reitemeier of Reitemeier & Ditzler Clothing Company in Lafayette sold this Ellsworth Neighborhood home in 1911 to Albert V. Kienly, who owned Kienly Pharmacy at Sixth and Main Streets in Lafayette. They had a son, Albert V. Kienly, Jr. and a daughter, Georgeanna. Albert became a Lafayette optometrist and Georgeanna was an art teacher. The home stayed in the Kienly family until 1968, when Georgeanna sold it to David R. and Leona M. Poling. Mr. Poling worked for General Telephone Company and Mrs. Poling worked for Loeb's Furniture Company. In 1989 the Polings sold the home to the present owners, Steve and Angie Klink who own Wells Yeager Best Pharmacies in Lafayette. Interestingly, two of the four owners of this home owned pharmacies! The reason could be that the Klink's were charmed by the story of how the home's three sets of magnificent stained and beveled glass windows came to be. Story has it that a German immigrant family made the stained glass to pay the Kienlys for a pharmaceutical bill.

The Klinks have totally renovated the home, refinishing oak woodwork, repairing plaster walls, rewiring, and renovating the kitchen with Craftsman Style cabinets. The Klink's were unaware until after they occupied the home, that hiding under the wall-to-wall carpet on the main floor was a treasure: three designs of inlaid wood parquet flooring. They have taken up the carpeting and refinished the floors to their original handmade beauty.

Doing most of the work themselves, the Klinks pulled off the cement-asbestos siding that covered the exterior of the home and stripped and painted the original yellow poplar clapboards that were preserved underneath. Craftsman and teacher Bob Butz salvaged rocks to build a fence in the backyard that matches the original fieldstone porch. The Klinks are now raising their two boys in a warm and cozy home that will grace Seventh Street for another one hundred years and beyond!

400 S. 7th Street; 1900

2 1/2 stories. Queen Anne with Craftsman influences

Builder: John and Frances Reitemeier




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Address; Date; Classification: O=Outstanding; N=Notable; C=Contributing; NC=Non-contributing

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Ninth Street Hill Local Residential Historic District

Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation Plaque

Tippecanoe County Historical Association Preservation Award

400 S. 7th Street