Trgovich home earns Pride of Bremen

BREMEN — It may have taken more time then he planned but the home owned and updated by John Trgovich is almost finished. And the near-end result is one that has earned him the Pride of Bremen award for the property at 308 S. Center St.
From Highland, Ind., Trgovich said after he bought the property in December of 2001, he tried to keep the inside and outside design “true” to its design when the home was built in 1888.
“Surprisingly, most of the original wood was there and it was good,” he explained. “Most of the work has been external but we still have the original brick. Some of the windows are original but most of the 34 we repaired.”
Trgovich said that he was had the majority of the work done on the home by Mark Melka whom he has known for 30 years
“The inside was in pretty good shape,” he said of the renovations. “I plan to finish the floors yet. ...We replaced the roof and when we did we found the original under it. Normally you tear off the shingles, not cover them up, but there were layers of shingles and we found a sticker on one of them that was tagged and dated from when the house was built by Mr. (P.E.) Dietrich.”
Trgovich said that while he presently doesn’t stay in the home, his intentions when purchasing it were to ready it so he could one day retire there. For more than 16 years the Town of Bremen has presented the Pride of Bremen award to those owners of homes and businesses in the community that show, specifically, improvements that make them more attractive. Nominees are suggested by town board members, and other town officials or residents. Other recent recipients of the award include Kesa Apartments, and David and Jane Yoder’s property at 415 N. Whitlock.