Ben-Hur Museum is located in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Lew Wallace began construction on his study in 1895. The museum was a private library for Lew Wallace, and now contains a collection of his books, paintings, and sculptures. Lew Wallace built the study as a place where he could write, although most of his book Ben-Hur was written nearby under a beech tree before the study was built.
The study is made of bricks and limestone and cost about $30,000 to build. On each of the four sides is hand-carved limestone showing faces of characters from his books. Two of the faces are from Ben-Hur, and the other two are from the book Prince of India. Once Wallace had a moat around part of the study where he and his grandsons went fishing.
In the entrance of the Ben-Hur Museum are the original lights. There is a sky light with stained and frosted glass that gave Lew Wallace light while writing. When building the study he added electricity and a gas log fireplace, but he did not use the fireplace much because it was too expensive. The museum is a combination of three types of architecture.
In the museum you see a display of his violins, fishing equipment, and art tools that he used for enjoyment. The museum has guns and his uniforms from the Civil War.
Researched and written 1998-99 school year. Revised 1999-2000, 2000-2001.
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