c. 1900 – Rushville, IN

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503 N Perkins St, Rushville, IN 46173

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  • $52,000
  • 8 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 4068 Sq Ft
  • 0.2 Ac.
One Of Kind! 4068 Sq Ft Historic Home Offering 8 Bedrooms! Home Was Once A Nunnery And The Charm, Woodwork, And Stained Glass Windows Speak For Themselves. Wrap Around Front Porch. Off Street Parking. Hardwood Floors Throughout The Home. Downstairs Formal Living Area, Dining Room With Built Ins, Study And Office Or Master Bedroom. 1/2 Bath. Beautiful Staircase Leading Upstairs To Dorm Style Bath With 3 Showers. Nice Common Area With Built In Bookshelf. 14 Year Roof, Full Basement.
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Jaime Moore, Yazel Realty Group
765-561-7520
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24 Comments on c. 1900 – Rushville, IN

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  1. susan L clickner says: 13 comments

    wow, where to start? I love the porch floor and windows and woodwork. How interesting is the shower set up? Communal showers, one would have thought you just took turns! This would make a fabulous project house because it looks quite original with few changes. Also, this is the second house today with the radiator covers!! I love radiators, which I had some!!

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    • JimHJimH says: 4989 comments
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      This was St. Mary’s Convent, associated with the church across the street. The style and stonework relate to the church, and the interior reflects the religious function of the building and as a residence for nuns. Why anybody would consider major alterations for such a fine old building makes no sense to me! (The chapel is the perfect family room – home entertainment center in the niche with large screen and vintage speakers.)

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  2. Peg says: 60 comments

    This is an amazing property. I don’t see much fixing up that actually needs to be done. It looks very well maintained. Tearing up the old carpet and a lot of paint! I’d probably feel bad even taking out the communal shower, as it’s part of the history of the property.

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    • Ali says: 4 comments

      Why take out the communal shower? No one would have to take turns in the morning!

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      • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 919 comments
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        1918 Bunkhouse
        WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

        Agreed… that’s the kind of update that demands preservation. Love the mid-century tile and the entertainment/historic value!

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        • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 919 comments
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          1918 Bunkhouse
          WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

          Why does it demand preservation? Because the work is simultaneously historically pertinent, of good quality, aesthetically appealing and (very importantly) fun because it is out of the ordinary. Destroying this room in favor of something more “normal” is not a very good option. History often has layers, and this layer is a keeper!

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        • My husband he is one of 16 children. They could have really used that shower room.

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      • JoeJoe says: 742 comments
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        1820 Federal
        Baltimore, MD

        Why is it being called a communal shower? It looks like a full bath with a bathing room with a tub and two separate showers for private bathing for people without requiring multiple full baths in the house.

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  3. Karen Abadie says: 100 comments

    Description says it was once a nunnery. Interesting. I kind of thought it looked a bit like a group home, or a music school because of the piano which seems to be attached to the wall.

    Whoever gets this is going to have a great home.

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  4. AMY JOHNSON says: 2 comments

    Was that a fireplace where the piano is? What is the ceiling material?

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    • Garrisms says: 32 comments

      That is my question too about the piano, is it masking a fireplace? Also, the plywood wall near the staircase looks like an abrupt later addition.

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    • dRbdRb says: 48 comments
      shreveport, LA

      My first thought about the piano room was that it was a chapel, and that the stage the piano is now on was where the alter was. I see some stained glass windows in there. I have seen a lot of convents over the years that had small chapels in them, so this room could have been one of them, I think.

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  5. BethanyBethany says: 3464 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Metal kitchen cabinets and what looks like a polished wood ceiling! That’s a kitchen worth sprucing up and keeping!

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  6. MISTERMICELY says: 61 comments

    That niche where the piano is now (Left piano, right piano up against the wall. Left piano, sad piano standing in the hall!) It might have been a panelled inglenook with a fireplace. I would remove the recessed lighting and the added plywood above and if there was no fireplace there I would put something else there. Or it might have had a built in sideboard where the plywood behind the piano is but I don’t think so. I think the little raised platform is an addition too.
    As to leaving every later addition in place in the interest of preserving every decade’s style since 1900? I don’t necessarily agree with that because where do you stop? After the kitchen carpet, the hall divider/partition, the recessed lighting? Or before? If it is acceptable to take out a few of the very latest additions then why not all of them?

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  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11985 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Just received a big price drop, moving to the front page for another look.

  8. RosewaterRosewater says: 5856 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    I always have John Foreman in mind when I see fireplaces replaced with altar niches. Heheheh.
    http://bigoldhouses.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-private-kingdom.html

    Sure hope that cross is grounded. It would be a terrible irony if the predictable happened and it were not. 😉
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/1-503NPerkins.jpg

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  9. ZerberbabyZerberbaby says: 36 comments
    1967 cape cod
    VALPARAISO, IN

    I love some of the details that you can see, but worry about what is behind some of the large parts of this home that you cannot see! Unless you a highly religious person, that piano/alter which was a convert for the nuns, and some of the rest of the more “church” type areas will need to go…sorry, that includes the locker room style bathroom! The structure is really lovely but I would not consider this without some serious expert opinions by architects, electricians, and plumbers. Oh, and don’t forget that 14 year old roof!

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  10. r myersr myers says: 16 comments
    1967 raised ranch
    Shawnee, KS

    As a Catholic we don’t say nunnery – we say convent. It is across the street from a church & possibly a school. As for the room with the piano – this might have been their private chapel. If I could see a picture of the whole room I won’t be able to say for sure. Was this always a convent?

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  11. RobinjnRobinjn says: 257 comments
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    1978 Split level
    Columbia, MO

    I cannot believe the price of this place. I’m sure it needs some major updating, probably fun things like wiring, etc. I would NOT take out that original communal bathroom! It would be criminal to get rid of that lovely tile. Maybe one of the stalls could become a sauna. With 8 BR, I’d have to convert at least one or two of those into bathrooms, keeping the original style of the house. But this could be astounding. Just the porch mosaic blew me away.

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    • ZerberbabyZerberbaby says: 36 comments
      1967 cape cod
      VALPARAISO, IN

      The tile work is great but for most folks a locker room style bathroom, which is the only bathroom, is not a great option. If you could keep it that would be great, but it all comes down to cost. A look at original blueprints would be fantastic. They show at least one doorway which was made into a shelf. The bad part is that nuns lived a life of poverty, they even called their bedrooms cells! So what is technically 8 bedrooms could be far less for modern times. Doesn’t make it any less beautiful however….

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  12. RossRoss says: 2543 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    $52K for this?

    THIS?

    Wow!

    A stone house with a mosaic tile porch floor for $52K?????????????

    I love the kitchen, including the wood(?) ceiling. The green checked floor may be original.

    I agree, the 1950s bathroom is also a treasure. I’m uncertain if those ARE communal showers. The cubical to the right obviously is (see step at bottom). But the middle? That might be a toilet cubical. And to the left is obviously a tub cubical. I’d be fine with all this. Cool.

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  13. roxxxroxxx says: 467 comments
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    I just hope a flipper doesn’t grab it for the price. Outstanding potential.

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  14. beckybecky says: 119 comments
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    bass lake, CA

    I looked at the street view from everywhere I could and do not see any chimney but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a fireplace at one time. And I too was raised catholic and NO it was NOT called a nunnery. It was called a convent. Taking into consideration the nuns taking a vow of poverty, why there is a dishwasher as well as several air conditioners, so it is not for me to say. Still, this is a nice vintage home and I think it could be great to have. Bathroom being what it is, it’s still nostalgic and with some creativity maybe even a great bathroom! The tile looks to be in good shape and this is so very different than any I have seen. The stained glass windows look great and I like that built-in too. Also that tile on the porch is fabulous! You don’t see that often! I bet it would shine up like a new penny if it was scrubbed up. I would bet there are some really nice hardwood floors under that carpet too. The price couldn’t be better. I wonder what ever became of the nuns that once called this home.

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