Gen. Lew Wallace Study

Also known as: Ben-Hur Museum
Pike St. and Wallace Ave., Crawfordsville, Indiana



From 1898 until his death, this was the study of Lew Wallace (1827-1905), American general, diplomat, and author. During the Civil War, Wallace played an important part in the victory at Fort Donelson and the Battle of Monocacy, Maryland; after the war's end, he served on the military tribunal that tried and convicted the conspirators in Lincoln's assassination. During Reconstruction, he was an influential Radical Republican. His novel, "Ben Hur," was published in 1880. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 11, 1976

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 11, 1976
Reference number
NR name
Wallace, Gen. Lew, Study
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Other architectural type; Victorian: Romanesque; Byzantine
Areas of significance
Military; Literature; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure; Research facility
Current functions
Museum; Civic; Park
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1895; 1898; 1905
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2