In 1907, noted Hoosier impressionist painter Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926), became the first major artist to make a home in Brown County, Indiana. The picturesque landscape (and Steele’s prominence) drew in other artists, establishing the Art Colony of the Midwest.
As Steele explored new places to paint, he discovered an isolated area of Brown County, Indiana, where he built a hilltop studio-home on sixty acres near Belmont. In August 1907 Steele married Selma Nuebacher, his daughter’s sister-in-law, and brought her to their new summer home in Brown County. Inspired by the breezes blowing through the cottage’s screened porches, they named it the House of the Singing Winds.