The Harney House Inn sits adjacent to the James Whitcomb Riley Home, in a neighborhood called Lockerbie Square. The original owners built this large Victorian home as a rooming house. During the 1930s the Harney family became tenants in the home. After saving his military earnings for a few years, Wilmeth B. Harney was able to purchase the home for his parents. The Harney family continued to run the property as a room and board. Eventually Wilmeth's parents were no longer able to keep the home up and the property sat vacant for several years. As it sat, a portion of the roof caved in and as the seasons came and went the inside of the home was slowly destroyed.
In 1981 Louis Harney, WIlmeth's son, and his wife Deb bought the property from his grandmother. Louis was self-employed as a general contractor under Golden Force Construction. He completely restored the interior and exterior of the home with the help of his wife and extended family members. Much of the interior wood he used was reclaimed wood, which he restored, in order to keep the older Victorian feel. Louis moved his family into the home while completing some finishing touches. In 1995 Louis and Deb opened their doors as a Bed & Breakfast. This B&B successfully ran until 1998 when Deb needed to spend more time with her children, who were attending school. At this time the rooms were changed into fully furnished extended stay apartments. Now that both of her children are out of high school, Deb decided that she enjoyed so many things about running a B&B that she re-opened her home as such. After much renovation by Deb and her mother Loretta, The Harney House Inn officially re-opened its doors to the public on March 1st of 2011. The home has a beautiful Victorian charm with carefully placed modernizations. It is both inviting and relaxing and we hope to see you all soon!
The Harney House Inn LLC | (317) 636 -7527 | 345 N. East St. | Indianapolis, IN 46202