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c. 1870 Italianate – Jeffersonville, IN

SOLD / Archived From 2014
Added to OHD on 12/7/14 - Last OHD Update: 6/22/18 - Comments Closed
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  • $129,900
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Bath
  • 3556 Sq Ft
  • 0.5 Ac.
The James Duffy House. Outstanding-rated Italianate style Victorian architecture in Port Fulton area. Built ca. 1860 for prominent local businessman who controlled coal shipments along this stretch of the Ohio River, among other business pursuits. Local tradition holds that boat builders from the nearby Howard Shipyards built the house, as it resembles a steamboat. Property designated a local landmark. Exterior changes subject to approval by both Jeffersonville Historic Preservation Commission and Indiana Landmarks, which holds preservation covenants on the property. Views of the Ohio River and Louisville skyline from second floor. Zoned R1. Application for tax exempt status has been filed, so there may not be taxes to pro-rate. New roof and rebuilt box gutters and side porch.
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31 Comments on c. 1870 Italianate – Jeffersonville, IN

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  1. RossRoss says: 2406 comments

    As noted in 2011, the house is in, seemingly, a weird area. Gas station across the street, and a shipyard across the other street.

    Yet…yet…just to the east are large fine homes.

    Just to the north it looks like a nice neighborhood.

    And the house is fabulous. The lot is large, and there is a two-story garage (looking poorly).

  2. AvatarVicki F. says: 72 comments

    Being a lover of old lace, this one speaks to me. With the right color scheme the exterior of this house would look like it was covered in it!

  3. AvatarTrish @TheOldPostRoad says: 32 comments

    It’s a Beauty. I love Italianates.

  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

    Lovely home. Too bad it didn’t sell a couple of years ago but at the current pricing it seems more than reasonable. That Italianate fireplace with the large blue tiles and central design in Minton-Hollis imported English tiles is phenomenal. I think the homeowners were attempting to create a Moorish or Turkish themed corner as was popular in the Victorian era. Other nice details abound. I really like this one.

  5. AvatarZoie says: 49 comments

    Reminds me of a wedding cake! Love the long windows and staircase. Looks like rooms are huge. Don’t care for the tile work though. IMO it doesn’t fit with feel of the house.

  6. JimJim says: 4208 comments

    “The house was built for Captain James T. Duffy, an Irish immigrant who became wealthy shipping coal and towing vessels on the river” – 1870’s it says. Bought by Fannie Mae last month for $1700, preservation groups have just asked the city for landmark designation to protect it. Needs some work, but if I had any business there I’d buy it in a second for $70K. More pics:

  7. JimJim says: 4208 comments

    A shipbuilder’s mansion 2 blocks west:

  8. AvatarTeri says: 84 comments

    Not to be picky but…..the caption says Jefferson IN when it should be Jeffersonville. It is right across the river from Louisville Ky and I think they are trying to ramp up their preservation efforts. The whole area of Jeff, Clarksville etc is rapidly being built up. It has changed so much over the last 10 yrs it is almost unrecognizable. You can be part of a big metropolitan city without the high taxes.


  9. Avatarlara jane says: 572 comments

    How random! I linked to the old page just the other day when discussing the merits of swimming pools! πŸ™‚

  10. joyjoy says: 62 comments

    In the Journal Courier article mentioned above it states: “repairs have yet to be made to the roof, which was damaged by fire more than a year ago” and “it’s not really being maintained and the roof is leaking.”

  11. AvatarS Cox says: 1 comments

    I lived in this house in the 1970’s. My parents restored it and it was AMAZING! They sold it in the late 70’s and not sure who bought the place but it was been in ruins since. I would love to see this place restored to its original glory!

  12. joyjoy says: 62 comments

    On the way home from a Kentucky trip, my husband and I stopped by this house today just to walk around it and have a look. The house certainly must have been an impressive mansion in its day. It really is done in a gorgeous Italianate style. The house looks like it may have fallen into considerable disrepair since the photos of 2011. We did not go in- just looked around the outside.

    The main entrance porch looks like it may actually be wide marble tiling. Someone with more knowledge may have an idea of a different possible material; however, it looked like marble to us. The 3 lower floor fireplaces that I could see were lovely- only 1 is pictured above. I could also see some wonderful pocket doors. The woodwork was nice although in several places one could see that it had multiple layers of paint. The wood floors have marvelous potential. The staircase was impressive; however, it is not located in the main entrance hall like I have typically seen.

    The exterior of the house is not in as good shape as the photos would lead you to believe. The fence is in terrible disrepair. All of the woodwork and floors need help. There is mold on the ceilings. One of the windows is busted out and the lovely hardwood floor had standing water on it. There is a weird set up with a claw foot bathtub placed in what looks like a closet? The floor in the “closet” has been cut away and replaced with hideous subflooring leaving a significant hole around the tub. The tub is the only fixture in that room. One of the doors with a padlock wasn’t closed completely leaving the house exposed to the elements; I closed it completely. The yard looks awful and is filled with leaves, limbs, and debris. The lot doesn’t really look very big in person. One of the outbuildings is actually a pool house, mentioned in the 2011 listing. I am sure at some point it was the epitome of luxury; now it is filthy and an eyesore. Regarding the views from the house, they are beyond unattractive. The noise from the industrial area is horrible- beeping, clanging, banging, and large equipment making tons of racket.

    The house has marvelous potential; the location is awful.

  13. AvatarAriadna Maloney says: 1 comments

    Does anyone know if this homes was sold already?

  14. AvatarTammy says: 1 comments

    This house might’ve already sold, we passed by the other day (I live in Jeffersonville) and there was a truck there and a skid of concrete mix. I walked around it with my daughter a month or so ago, and the amount of repair needed was beyond what I would even consider approaching. Everything was just totally disheveled and I didn’t see anything that didn’t need to be fixed. That aside, were it restored, it would be gorgeous.
    The location that has grown up around it though- it almost seems silly to restore it. πŸ™

  15. JoyJoy says: 62 comments

    I am pretty sure that this house did sell. My husband and I drove by it again. There were construction company signs, construction equipment, and Indiana historical landmark signs in the yard. There had also been a considerable amount of clean up in the yard and around the house. It certainly did look like someone was doing some serious work on the place. πŸ™‚

  16. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Indiana Landmarks purchased the property. link

  17. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

    I’m so happy they did as all the properties they resell have preservation covenants attached to the deed. Thus, a century from now, (barring any unforeseen circumstances) this house should look substantially as it does not from the exterior and hopefully fully restored to period perfection.

  18. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

    Now on the market again at $149,900: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/213-Jackson-St-Jeffersonville-IN-47130/53244986_zpid/?z&utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-savedsearch-address Thanks to Indiana Landmarks for stabilizing and marketing this house with protective preservation covenants.

  19. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Updated with the new photos and information. I also changed the post date to today so it will be on the front page.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

      Thanks, Kelly. MW, from what I understand, when Indiana Landmarks sells a house if they come out ahead when selling then the funds go back into their revolving emergency preservation fund to invest in the next property they buy. For a 3,500+ sq. foot, 2 story house, on a half acre lot it would be hard to prove asking $150k for it is excessive. Indiana Landmarks cannot afford to pay market value for a distressed property, then pay to stabilize it, and end up donating it to someone at a huge loss. Is it priced a bit above some comparable old houses? Perhaps, but considering everything involved I do not see any signs of trying to gouge the next buyer. As for Fannie Mae getting the house back for $1,700…maybe, but they may have had to write off mortgage loan losses of a hundred times that figure. The legal fees alone for a foreclosure can exceed $1,700 so I’m not sure we are seeing the whole picture. Frequently these low dollar numbers are due to accounting procedural entries rather than a full disclosure of lender costs.

  20. AvatarMW says: 727 comments

    Whoa, I missed this the first time around I guess. If these are the after stabilization work, I really hate to have seen the before photos.

    So, the house was in really bad shape, but bought by Fannie Mae in 2013 for just $1,700. Then re-listed for sale at $70,900, with I assume to have been no work having been done to it based on the above notes. Sounds like Fannie Mae was looking to make a few bucks. Am I wrong? Seems odd. I didn’t realize they did that kind of thing. Maybe I am reading between he lines on that too much.

    But then the Indian Landmarks steps in a apparently purchases it for an unknown sum and proceeds to do some work to keep it from getting too much worse and put’s back on the market for $149,900K. Stabilizing the house is a good thing obviously and yes, thanks to them for at least doing that.

    But, I guess I am not understanding how the house went from Fannie Mae getting the house for just $1,700 and now it being still on the market and still looking like this but for $149K. Looking at these photos, I’m wondering what in there equates to $148,200 worth of value. It is nice that they did some work to stabilize the house and buy it some time, but the cost of that seems to have been pretty steep.

    I’m not trying to be negative or critical more than just possibly understand what might have happened to this house over the last couple of years.

    Maybe S Cox will chime back in with some more insight on the the house when was in better shape and maybe even with some photos if possible! That must have bee a really awesome house to have lived in as a kid when in good shape. That is exactly what I was thinking when I first saw the photos.

  21. AvatarMW says: 727 comments

    Also, the industrial stuff next door doesn’t bother me. In fact, I think the cranes are kind of cool. But, I’m a guy, so a bit biased. But, if I was still a kid, I would have loved living next to that! I don’t mind the old gas station across the street either. Just wished it was fixed up and not so junky looking now too.

    As noted by Jim above, that Steamboat Museum House (now a museum) just down the street is over the top cool and not a bad neighbor:





  22. JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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    Indiana Landmarks bought the property for $60,000 in April. They’re probably not trying to make money; the price just gives them room to negotiate and funds to offset the repairs and maintenance. I don’t know why they didn’t knock down the ugly block structure to the left of the house though, and I wonder what the agreement will say about that. The aerial photos show that it’s in very bad shape, worse than the garage.

  23. AvatarKarriecruise says: 230 comments

    after reading all the comments, I am just hoping that someone with lots of money to invest into restoring this home to its former glory. that would be wonderful to see.

  24. Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

    I was shown this house in March, I recall, when it was offered by Fannie Mae. The roof was collapsing and open to the sky in many places. Water was standing on the lower floors. I take it that Indiana Landmarks has fixed the roof, but how permanently I don’t know.
    The view of the Ohio River is cut off by the Jeffboat yard. You get a good view of their traveling crane.
    There is a lot of decorative cement work outside that needs repair. You would put another $200K into this house at the least. The outbuilding encloses the in-ground swimming pool. The whole house is leaning. Anybody want to fix a braced-frame with that problem?
    My opinion was, and is, that it’s only good for architectural salvage. But then I don’t like Italianates.

  25. AvatarKay says: 1 comments

    It’s heart wrenching for me to see such a beautiful piece of history in shambles. How could anyone let this beautiful home fall into such ruin?

    • AvatarAnnM says: 42 comments

      My sense from living in this area is that many, if not most, people want a new house they don’t have to work on. We that love old houses know the upkeep never ends.

  26. AvatarAnnM says: 42 comments

    We live nearby (in a house we purchased from Indiana Landmarks – they are a non-proft, so their goal is not to make money from what they do – it’s to maintain the historical integrity. They have been *outstanding* to work with and I would encourage anyone interested to consider their properties. πŸ˜‰ )… and we drove by last weekend. This could be such an incredible home again, but it does need EXTENSIVE work. I literally laughed out loud when I saw the pool house. Yes, the neighborhood seems a little strange, but not unsafe. All that said, I could picture how beautiful and special this could be again for someone with the money/time/willingness to love it back to life. There is tremendous potential here.

  27. FiggyFiggy says: 16 comments

    I’d buy this in a heartbeat πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›


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