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Hillforest (Forest Hill)
Thomas Gaff House (Hillforest).jpg
Hillforest is located in Indiana
Hillforest is located in the US
Location 213 Fifth Street, Aurora, Indiana
Coordinates 39°3′13.9″N 84°54′6.02″W / 39.053861°N 84.9016722°W / 39.053861; -84.9016722Coordinates: 39°3′13.9″N 84°54′6.02″W / 39.053861°N 84.9016722°W / 39.053861; -84.9016722
Built 1852
Architect Isaiah Rogers
Architectural style Renaissance, Italian Villa
NRHP reference # 71000005
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 5, 1971[1]
Designated NHL October 5, 1992[2]

The Hillforest Mansion, also known as Thomas Gaff House, is located at 213 Fifth Street, in Aurora, Indiana. It is built on a bluff above the Ohio River.

Built in 1855 in the Italian Renaissance architectural style, the two-story home's design by Isaiah Rogers reflected Gaff's involvement in the shipping industry; its full-width frontal porch is reminiscent of a steamboat's deck. The mansion, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992,[2][3] is owned and operated by Hillforest Historical Foundation. It is located in the Downtown Aurora Historic District.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Thomas Gaff House (Hillforest)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmark Nomination: Thomas Gaff House / Hillforest" (pdf). National Park Service. , 19.  Check date values in: |date= (help) and Accompanying eight photos, exterior and interior, from c. 1940, 1991, and 1992 (32 KB)

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