Built in 1855, Attica’s Historic McDonald House is a Greek Revival showstopper enjoys a spot on the National Historic Landmark Registry and continues to provide serene beauty for the community and travelers from all over. In 2014, the house was placed on Indiana’s 10 Most Endangered Landmarks list and remained listed until 2016. No other house in the Attica area has made the list. accommodation on the top floors and offices on the ground floor.
James D. McDonald, who built the three-story, 4800 square foot brick mansion, was an enterprising landowner, farmer and businessman in Fountain and Warren counties. Being community minded, Mr. McDonald donated the land for Attica’s McDonald Park, and built a water delivery system from hollowed logs to provide Attica’s first city water access from the estate’s natural springs for the townspeople. In later years, Attica would name McDonald Street, just south of the estate, after Mr. McDonald.
Once part of a working farm, the house boasts a grand walnut staircase that reaches up from the first floor all the way to the roof, where for many years, the mansion’s widow’s walk offered breathtaking top-of-the-world views of Attica, the Wabash River Valley and surrounding areas. One can just imagine the amazing stargazing from the top of the world!
Still standing on nearly an acre nestled up to the beautifully wooded Ravine Park to the north, the McDonald house has been lovingly restored by local history enthusiast and businesswoman, Katy Kays, alongside her dedicated crew of professionals. Kays says reviving this historic gem and its two staircases, six fireplaces and Greek Revival windows, doors and casings is a true labor of love. Kays’ feels blessed to bring this marvelous house into the 21st century so the community and those traveling through can enjoy the beauty, tranquility and rich history for another 200 years.
INTRODUCTION to our apartment
The Historic McDonald Airbnb, built in 1855 by James McDonald, has been artfully renovated/restored and is now open to the community as an Airbnb. Each of the property’s eight rooms are uniquely sized and beautifully decorated to give guests a one-of-kind experience with each stay. The common areas of the house are full of original details adding immense charm and character for all who stay to enjoy.