Lucas Estate: full of beauty... and surprises

The Lucas Estate has seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and 40 acres of property.

The Lucas Estate

The Lucas Estate

Indianapolis

Calling it a Dream House isn't really fair, because no one dreams this big. The Lucas Estate is a magnificent mansion unlike any other in Indiana. It's almost 25,000 square feet of living space.  It has seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and 40 acres of property.  

How would you decorate such a place? Forrest Lucas knows. He opened the doors of his opulent mansion to Fox59 almost exactly one year after he bought it for $3 million from Conseco, the company founded by the man who built the home, Steven Hilbert. Since then, Lucas has been working fast to furnish the home, traveling the country to buy rugs, artwork, furniture, anything and everything fit for such a showplace.

Surprises lurk in every room. From the 17th century French king and queen chairs in the master entry way to the portrait of a young Jim Nabors hanging in the library. Lucas insisted all the new furnishings were made in America.  He said he and his wife, Charlotte, tried to make the home seem welcoming despite the house's imposing size.

The Lucas Estate has already hosted a handful of fundraisers and private events.  The first included a visit from former President George W. Bush.  The Lucas' plan on using the estate for more than just business meetings and company estates. They see it as a community resource, a showplace that all Hoosiers can share with pride.

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