Old Terre Haute building gets some new life


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It was in January that News 10 reported Heinl’s Flower Shop in downtown Terre Haute would be closing their doors, after 151 years.

The decision to close for good was made after a devastating pipe burst. Rushing water wreaked havoc on the flower shop leaving behind extensive damage.

“Well this building was completely gutted down to the studs. Everything had to be removed because of the water damage, nothing was really salvageable,” said Jacob Freeze, General Contractor with Freeze Home Improvement.

As of today the building once deemed “not salvageable” has been restored.

“Five months ago from today is when the construction crew came and they have not been gone since,” said Vonda Monts, Owner of the building.

They worked long hours and late nights on repairs totaling well over $200,000.

“There are brand new plastered ceilings, brand new flooring, and sub flooring,” said Freeze.

Monts wanted to make sure a fresh coat of paint didn’t erase the buildings historical integrity.

“The safe that was here I wanted to keep it. We found some interesting things in the wall like an old electrical box and an old window that was here so we kept it,” she said.

Other remaining artifacts, that have been part of the flower shop since its opening in 1863, have been donated to the Historical Society Museum.

“Through the years we’ve lost a lot of things in downtown Terre Haute that would be wonderful to have again, but the only way we can preserve that history is by bringing items to the museum and we tell those stories,” said Marylee Hagan, Director of the Vigo Co. Historical Society.

For Monts the completion of the renovations is the closing of one chapter and what she hopes will be the start of a new one.

“I look at it like a blank canvas.”

Mont’s hopes to lease the building, and has spoken with people who are interested.

She says the possibilities as to what the building could be used for are endless.

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