Built in 1873, on a beautifully wooded lot, The Benton House is a charming example of the Second Empire style of architecture. For twenty years, it was the home of Allen R. Benton, twice president of Butler University in Irvington.
The Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation was formed in 1966 to oversee the purchase and restoration of The Benton House. The Benton House Association was formed in 1969 to maintain the home and arrange for its use. Now The Benton House shines as an example of what an era can do to preserve its past. In addition, the Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation owns and protects the Kile Oak, a giant Burr Oak tree at 5939 Beechwood Avenue.
This ten-room brick house has fine woodwork and oak floors and was restored and furnished as a cultural, historical, social and civic center for community use.