Greetings and salutations! My name is Brian Dekker and I just bought a really old house. The house was built in 1850 and is located at 907 State Street in Lafayette, Indiana...right at the top of 9th Street Hill and the corner of the Wallace Triangle. Many of you might know this house as The Colonel Ayers Mansion or simply the big yellow house with the white columns. The house is best known for its last resident...Colonel Howard Ayers. Colonel Ayers was the attache to General Douglas MacArthur during WWII, was responsible for regulating and developing the utilities in Japan after the war, and was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan. Pretty cool, right! Unfortunately, the house has been vacant for over a decade and has fallen into disrepair. This is the fourth house which I have purchased, all of which have been older, historical homes. I just started working on the house this past weekend and I hope to have it "livable" in just a few short months. If you are familiar with the home, then you know that there is a substantial amount of work that needs to be done...but rest assured....it will get done. I do all of my own work and photograph the progress as I go along so I will attach photos of the progress from time to time. Please feel free to drive by and check out the renovations. Cheers!