Hillforest (Forest Hill)
|Location||213 Fifth Street, Aurora, Indiana|
|Architectural style||Renaissance, Italian Villa|
|NRHP reference #||71000005|
|Added to NRHP||August 5, 1971|
|Designated NHL||October 5, 1992|
The Hillforest Mansion, also known as Thomas Gaff House, is located at 213 Fifth Street, in Aurora, Indiana. It has also been dubbed by local children as the "haunted house". 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, is owned and operated by Hillforest Historical Foundation. It is located in the Downtown Aurora Historic District.
- National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Thomas Gaff House (Hillforest)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
- "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)
- Official website
- Cincinnati tourism site's page
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. IN-302, "Thomas Gaff House, 213 Fifth Street, Aurora, Dearborn County, IN", 4 photos, 1 photo caption page
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