A local historic house will be featured on a show for the DIY Network.
The cast of the the “Bronson Pinchot Project” touched down in LaGrange Sunday night to begin a week-long project of dismantling the Fannin-Truitt-Handley house, located at 2159 Whitesville Road.
The house was built for Revolutionary War hero James Fannin in 1835 by well-known architect Cullen Rodgers, and some of it’s components will be used to restore homes across country.
The house will be featured on “Bronson Pinchot Saves America,” a spin-off of the “The Bronson Pinchot Project,” which airs on the the DIY Network.
On the show, the star Bronson Pinchot, known best for his role in the TV series “Perfect Strangers,” travels throughout the country with his sidekick Mikey looking for historic artifacts and pieces from homes that they can be saved from being destroyed.
“Part of it is to show Mikey who is from small town in Northern Pennsylvania more of America,” said Pinchot. “Another major part is to save what we can of parts of historic buildings, I like pre Civil War buildings. Like buildings that have run out of options and can’t be saved.”
A few things the crew will be saving are two matching doorways with fan lights on top, the underside of the original front porch paint, flattened columns and pediments above the columns.
The front columns on the house have been sold to a buyer in Texas.
“The house has got a lot of beautiful and savable things on it,” said Pinchot. “We can put the parts on houses to restore a house that may have those damaged parts and these houses can live on on other houses.”
Owner of the house Jeb Crawford, said he came in possession of the house due to a trade with the landowner who wanted it taken off the property. He has been dismantling the property house for over a year.
“This is the oldest house I’ve ever worked on,” said Crawford. “It’s pre Civil War and has plenty of family and local history.
He said a local resident referred some people she knew to make some lumber purchases, and those connections ultimately led to Pinchot’s show.
Pinchot said the “Bronson Pinchot Saves America” is expected to air on the DIY Network in about two months.