Chronicle-Tribune, Marion Indiana
Beth LaMacchio honoring lost friend with project.
One old house is on its way to becoming a new bed-and-breakfast. The house at 9315 S. 950 E. is connected to a prominent local family. Avis Industrial Corporation CEO Leland Boren and late wife LaRita, a philanthropist who sat on the Taylor University board of trustees, lived in the house for many years. LaRita died unexpectedly in February following heart surgery and one of her friends is working to honor her memory.
“LaRita’s dream was to make the house into a bed and breakfast, ” said Marabeth LaMacchio, who is turning the house into a bed and breakfast, called LaRita’s Lodge. “she just loved entertaining people.”
With five bedrooms, four fireplaces, a spacious kitchen and a backyard view of the lake, hills and a farm with buffalo and llamas, the house is poised to make a mark on travelers and people looking to just get away.
“We’ve tried to get it to be very relaxing and warm, ” she said.
During renovations, LaMacchio found the house had many different surprises. Stripping the carpet from a stairway, she found the stairs were “beautiful” red oak. One bathroom had specially made Kohler fixtures in the shape of red tulips.
LaMacchio wasn’t alone in her work. She has worked with Leland Boren and his son Lael through the steps of the project. “”(Lael’s) been wonderful to help with everything,” she said, pointing out he helped with installing a computer system, a new doorbell and a new phone system.”
“I grew up in the house,” Lael Boren said. “It’s neat, I’m excited for it. I know my mom would have wanted it.”
He said he would probably help out with the technical issues or with events, but was mostly just happy the public could enjoy the house.
All that remains to be done before the opening are final inspections, putting a sign in the front of the house, hanging curtains and washing the deck, LaMacchio said.
“It’s just gorgeous out here, ” she said. “There’s lots of windows and beautiful views of the farm. You can see the lake and the rolling hills.”
LaRita’s Lodge should be open by the end of the month, LaMacchio said.