c. 1900 Queen Anne – Rushville, IN

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Added to OHD on 9/25/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   Comments Closed
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602 N Main St, Rushville, IN 46173

  • $159,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3888 Sq Ft
  • 0.34 Ac.
Splendid Queen Anne Victorian, Built By Frank Wilson, A Wealthy Clothier. Situated On A Large Corner Lot. Numerous Features Include A Large Wrap Around Porch Finished W/ White Oak Hardwood Flooring. 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Parlor, Inviting Large Foyer W/Long Staircase, Gossip Bench & Walls Trimmed In Anaglyta. Plus Sitting Room & Family Room W/Unique Original Leather Wall Coverings, Dining Room W/Hardwood Floor, Kitchen W/Island & Amish Made Hardwood Maple Cabinets.
Contact Information
Tim Yazel, The Yazel Group,
(317) 512-1533
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9 Comments on c. 1900 Queen Anne – Rushville, IN

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  1. Tommy Q says: 462 comments

    Wow! did you check out the neighborhood? Lotsa goodies there for sure…

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Whoa! Did you see the one across the street? link

      I think I have at least one Rushville reader (Rosewater? Or someone else?)

  2. Tommy Q says: 462 comments

    Same town. You might not give this house a second look from the exterior, but inside it has some good bones…

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/815-N-Main-St_Rushville_IN_46173_M36136-16183#photo0

    This is in a nearby city Delte if not wanted:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/136-W-Church-St_Cambridge-City_IN_47327_M46266-90065#photo0

  3. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Rushville, Indiana, is a pleasant smaller town of about 6,400 residents southeast of Indianapolis and southwest of Richmond, IN about midway between these two larger cities. Via Hwy 72-East its just under 40 miles to Indianapolis so perhaps within commuting distance for some who work in the large metropolis but want to live in a quieter community. We visited the area this past April and as guests of Ed F. who lives in Richmond, we had a guided tour of Rushville as well as nearby Connersville which is located between Richmond and Rushville. Rushville has a relatively small but impressive collection of late 19th and early 20th century homes with this being one of them. North Main runs through the middle of town and in the days before automobiles, proximity to the downtown commercial district was considered a plus. Just one street over (going east) from North Main is North Perkins Street which also has some of the grander Victorian era homes surviving in the community. (especially those in the 500-800 blocks of N. Perkins) Here’s a streetview example: https://goo.gl/maps/h8bDVKxakZN2 (this house was posted on OHD in the past) I took a fair number of photos in Rushville and Connersville but regrettably, have not had the time to organize and post them into an album. That task remains on my to-do list. Old house values in Rushville appear to be average to above average for the region but more old house bargains can be found in much larger Richmond. Overall, Rushville gave us a favorable impression and seemed to be a stable community. North Main, as the street name implies, is a fairly busy street at least during the daytime hours but given the size of the town, its probably quieter and more sedate after sunset. As I recall, I did take a photo of this corner sited Queen Anne style house as well as the c. 1910 mansion across the street linked to above.

  4. JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This house was built before 1896 when it appeared on the Sanborn Map. Attractive exterior and main rooms, also 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths not shown – I guess we’ll have to go to Rushville to see the rest of it.

    The owner was Frank M. Wilson (1858-1947) as mentioned, and he did have a clothing shop but he wasn’t wealthy. He worked hard from the age of 14, made enough money to open his own small store, and later he built this home for his family. His daughter grew up and married a lawyer and they lived on Perkins, one block over. Frank continued to work, for years even after his wife Luna passed, and he retired just a few years before he died on his 89th birthday.

    Frank Wilson Clothing at 211 N. Main, Rushville:
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=60605310&PIpi=117128829

    The Wilson store has been closed for 70+ years but the city acquired the building and auctioned off junk found there earlier this year:
    http://harmeyerauction.hibid.com/catalog/98389/rushville-city-property-online-auction/?ipp=100

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Jim,
      I assume then that the old Wilson Clothing Store was in this building (streetview) https://goo.gl/maps/Nhvj8yxRt1z which is now the Rushville Property Revitalization Program building? Now I’m curious about the program…then there is a local newspaper article about steps being taken for “blight abatement” http://www.thecouriertimes.com/news/article_0e5e1c94-d324-11e4-aa12-5f65bc8239dc.html Most smaller towns subscribe to the theory that any abandoned, vacant, or visually sub-standard structure requires prompt demolition. Because this approach has been in place now since the 1950’s (when Urban Renewal was the model for community revitalization based on the flawed philosophy that if you create vacant land via demolitions, new homes and buildings will soon come.) the result is large swaths of vacant lots where houses and buildings once stood. One thing those espousing the demolition approach seem to forget: a community cannot demolish its way back to prosperity. We are fortunate that because of local economic weakness, some of the old houses and buildings remain standing mainly due to a lack of funds for an even more robust demolition program. Its good that the Wilson House has been maintained over the years and we can only speculate about what has already been lost. Thanks for the links.

      • JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Yes, that’s the one – it was shown as Clo.Sto. on the Sanborn map. I agree with you generally about demolitions, and it would seem to make no sense in a row of storefronts. The gap-tooth look should be avoided! Unfortunately, the building has seen better days but at least the cornice has been preserved.

        One thing that annoys me in write-ups of c.1900 homes is the assumption that the owner of a fine home back then had to be rich. As you know, the basic reason there were so many impressive homes built in that period was that materials and labor, both skilled and unskilled, were available at historically low cost because of all the immigrants looking for work. (No political point there, just a fact of history.) A small town shopkeeper like Frank Wilson could have a few good years and build his family a wonderful big home like that, which is exactly what happened!

        For very different economic reasons somebody with a good job now can buy the same house for a fraction of what it would cost to reproduce. It’s all about jobs of course, but anywhere there are people they’re going to need teachers, nurses, policemen, truck drivers etc. Why not Rushville IN?

        And it might be a good spot for old guys like us too!

  5. Colleen J says: 1168 comments

    The woodwork and the stained glass is lovely in this house!!!

  6. Tracey says: 1 comments

    I live about an hour from Rushville. We drive there just to check out all the historic homes. The town is cute and the people are friendly. I hope to own a historic home here one day. There is one amazing home after the next in Rushville !

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