M. L. Peirce House
721 Brown St.
This home was originally constructed before 1863, but was so extensively remodeled in the 1890's in the Chateauesque Style, that the original house can no longer be seen.
The lot for this property was sold to banker Martin Luther Peirce in 1860 by Mark Jones. Mr. Peirce built this eclectic style home on the lot. Mr. Peirce helped organize Lafayette Savings Bank, contributed heavily in both time and money to his church, First Baptist, and is credited with giving John Purdue the inspiration to found Purdue University. In fact, he turned the first shovel of dirt at its groundbreaking.
In 1882, William and Lucille Armstrong purchased the home for $8,000. It was a single family residence until 1959 when the Godby Agency purchased the home from Martha Martin and turned it into an apartment house.