Maple City Health’s Abshire Mansion Nearing Completion
Once a family farm known as “Walnut Hill” back in 1852, the Abshire Mansion sits at 803 North Main Street in Goshen. For years, many have referred to the mansion as the most beautiful home in Goshen with its four stories of stonework and rounded entry way. After lying vacant for many years, IU Health Goshen put plans to life and worked with DJ Construction before groundbreaking took place back in late August. Now with construction nearing its end, Maple City Health is almost ready to move into its new home on the backside of the mansion.
DJ is putting the finishing touches on a one-story, wood-framed addition to the back of the mansion that will house twelve exam rooms, one procedure room, abundant office space, and a few group offices. This 4,000 square foot addition will be attached to an already-existing 3,000 sq. ft. as well as the mansion’s kitchen.The landmark itself remains in mint condition and will house conference areas and large-group rooms that will serve as training facilities for the public.
DJ Construction’s Lydell Troyer, vice president of construction operations, said that the biggest challenge the contractors and architects confronted was trying to recreate a rounded entry way on the back side of the home similar to the design on the front of the mansion. According to Troyer, another challenge we had was trying to match the hundred-year-old original fieldstone of the home’s exterior to the new section.
Currently, the project is on schedule with painting nearly finished as the completion date quickly approaches. Come March, Maple City Health will open the doors to its beautiful new building along with its iconic landmark mansion.
Troyer said that the new health center will be “an exciting addition to the community of Goshen and a true benefit to the area along with all those it will service.”