Todd and Rhonda Thornton wanted to have a business in downtown Monticello, and they found their opportunity in a historic red house.
They’ve purchased the house at 315 W. Washington St., commonly referred to as the “red house,” and it’s now under renovation to turn into an Airbnb rental on the second story and a retail space on the first floor.
“I’d seen it for sale, and we’d always wanted to have a business downtown in Monticello,” said Todd Thornton, the operator of Thornton Home Renovations.
The house — vacant for several years — was built in 1862, and used to be 70 feet east of where it is now. It was moved in 1971, he said.
He’s renovated other historic homes, but this will be the first historic home project for him in Monticello, he said.