J.K. Lilly built what would become the original location of the Lilly Library on the top of a bluff overlooking Eagle Creek. From this vantage point, approximately 100′ above the valley, he could see the diverse wildlife of the area, and perhaps his own dairy farm operation operated by the Hardins near Wilson Road and Dandy Trail. The building was little more than a lodge or cabin. Here’s a camera phone photo taken a couple of years ago. The sun had just hit the red panel of the Coke machine and the whole building came to life. Although camera phones are not known for great photos, I trust you can appreciate what attracted Mr. Lilly to build on this site. Although the library was long ago relocated to Indiana University, the building reportedly still has lead-lined walls. The copper gutters are original and remain, for now. Unfortunately the parks department is not maintaining the property with the dignity it deserves.