Film production company eyes old Indiana county home as set

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ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — A film and television production company wants to buy a northeastern Indiana county’s former rest home and turn the more than century-old building into a set for independent films and documentaries.

Adam Kimmell and Dan Allen of Knight Owl Productions, which leases historic buildings as movie set locations, told the Steuben County commissioners on Monday that they’re interested in buying the old county home.

That building, near an Interstate 69 exit about 45 miles north of Fort Wayne, opened in 1885 as a rest home for the poor and disabled and closed in the 1990s.

Kimmell said nothing would be done to alter the exterior of the building and its interior is in very good shape.

“This is very attractive,” Commissioner Jim Crowl told the men.

Knight Owl Productions’ proposal states that the “old county home would become one more historic location available to television shows, independent and student films, documentaries, magazine and stock photographers, producers of music videos, webisodes and even big-budget, mass distribution movies.”

The site could also be used for weddings and other events.

Following the company’s proposal, the commissioners decided Monday to begin the process of a possible real estate transaction that will require two appraisals before the building can be sold, The Herald Republican reported.

“You’ve obviously stirred some interest in this room,” Ron Smith, president of the commissioners, told Kimmell and Allen.

County attorney Don Stuckey said the building can’t be sold without the Steuben County Council’s approval.

The commissioners had once considered razing the building, to the dismay of historic preservationists. The statewide historic preservation group Indiana Landmarks has sought to find a buyer for the building.

Kimmell and Allen have formed a partnership to provide historic structures as movie set locations. They own the old Blackford County Jail in Hartford City, where Allen lives, and a former county infirmary in the city of Winchester in Randolph County.

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