1883 Italianate in Knightstown, IN – $219,900

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Added to OHD on 6/10/21   -   Last OHD Update: 7/16/21   -   15 Comments

16 W Main St, Knightstown, IN 46148

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  • $219,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 4313 Sq Ft
  • 0.26 Ac.
Own a piece of Knightstown history! This beautiful Italianate 3 bd/2ba historical home is in the heart of Knightstown* The orig. portion of the home built prior to 1860 w/additions in 1866 & 1883, per house abstract* Current owners have meticulously preserved the history in the home by keeping original wood work, door hinges, hardwood flrs, time period correct lighting, ext. paint colors, wall paper, 3 gorgeous fireplaces (1 pre Civil War) & even window locks* Yet, this home offers amenities of today such as an updated kitchen, prog. thermostat, security system, full bath on each level, large beds & walk in closets* Fenced yard w/large barn is a 2 car garage w/upstairs storage & metal roof ('18), covered front porch & 3rd flr lookout tower.
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Keri Schuster, F.C. Tucker Company
(317) 695-2053 / (317) 846-7751
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15 Comments on 1883 Italianate in Knightstown, IN – $219,900

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  1. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1144 comments
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    Charleston, SC

    It’s also individually listed on the NRHP. I’ll have to look more closely, since I don’t see evidence of a house that predates the 1883 date listed.

    https://secure.in.gov/apps/dnr/shaard/r/1eeb6/N/Elias_Hinshaw_House_Henry_CO_Nom.pdf

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elias_Hinshaw_House

  2. MichaelMichael says: 3577 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I do like the woodwork and the floors we see. Sadly, no view from the tower. I am curious as to what the original porch may have looked like.

  3. MJGMJG says: 2842 comments
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    CT

    This house has me perplexed. The outside is unusually balanced. The front left side looks as if its missing something. But maybe that unusual porch that was added later is doing it to me.

    The interior has such great woodwork that I love a lot! They talk about additions done in the 1880s but there clearly were early 20th century changes made that in this case I would remove completely like the front porch, front door and the fireplace in one of the rooms. (to the horror of some) https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/32-16wmainstreet.jpg Not my thing. Sometimes it works well, IMO this doesn’t work for me.

    LOVE the layers of wallpaper. That deserves a frame around it!

    Would love to see an 1880s photo of this house. Love the 1880s.

    • MJGMJG says: 2842 comments
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      CT

      *Front Storm door not regular door.

      Also, I see no staircase which makes me think its just a simple enclosed one. With window and door architraves in this style, that cool have been a stunner.

    • KevinPKevinP says: 92 comments

      Was thinking the same thing with regard to the left side. It looks as though there should be two windows, but instead there is only one at each floor. These windows also appear to my eye to be not perfectly centered (and as a consequence the brackets above are not evenly spaced). I suppose the placement of the tower forward from the rest of the house could be messing with my eyes. I did notice that on similar Italianates, the tower is typically set back from the front of the house.

  4. 67drake67drake says: 305 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    Same here on the facade. Looks odd to me, but I’d live there. 🙂
    Still waiting for pics of the mentioned window locks. 😉

  5. KarenAKarenA says: 106 comments
    Greenfield, IN

    I’ve driven past this home many times, and have always wondered what the inside looks like. It’s right on US 40. Very nice inside, tho I’m not a fan of wallpaper. Someone is going to get a nice home.

  6. Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 918 comments
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    I like the interior, woodwork is gorgeous, and I like the wallpaper. However, I do not see any pics of the staircase. Why would that be? That tower is one imposing structure! I’d have loved to see the view from there!

  7. old codgerold codger says: 27 comments
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    I was born about 15 miles from Knightstown. I remember my mom taking my older sisters to an older woman, Mrs Silver, who lived in a grand house there and gave piano lessons. That was like in 1960 or so. Before they built I-70 a lot of traffic passed through k-town on US40 National Highway. This place looks loved.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      A lot of traffic passed through there today I’ll tell you that much. With 70 shut down – again, yet another wreck in the construction zone, it was nothing but a wall of vehicles moving very, very slowly by this house. I was one of them. UGH. I didn’t bother getting back on 70. Ran all the way up 40 to Richmond. Lots of great old houses up The National Road, as I’m sure you know.

      I’ve seen this house before but for some reason didn’t remember how odd the scale is. Usually this type of tower Italianatei is quite substantial. This one actually tends to the smallish; at least it seems that way from the street. Greenfield is a pretty little town, and there are a lot of nice buildings to see, Including a few featured on this website previously.

      Very nice set of images this time around, sans tower shot.

  8. snarlingsquirrelsnarlingsquirrel says: 591 comments
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    1782 Quaker Georgian
    Worton, MD

    If you wander to the left on street view, you’ll encounter a couple other Italianate houses with quirky surprises (and several attached conical things). I agree with MJG & KevinP regarding their comments about the front facade being a bit “off” somehow. It could be my eyes tricking me (or wishful thinking), but I think I detect the scars of an upstairs iron balcony just below the upper left window. This could have helped to balance the composition. As much as I love a covered front porch, I agree this one needs to go. Perhaps a narrow, iron, covered Italianate “piazza” was there once. It wouldn’t have offered much shade, so some striped awnings may have brought some flamboyance to the facade so it better matched the theatrical towering “campanile”.

    We’ve come to see that a missing staircase photo is generally a hint that there’s “nothing to see here”. Edith Wharton popularized the notion that upper class houses should have private staircases on discrete side halls later around 1900 (to separate public & private spaces), but it was common going back to Georgian houses in America. This was particularly true in mansions where business was likely to take place. It makes sense, but it’s our loss to miss-out on the “knock your socks off” sculptural staircase that we love so the lady of the house can make a grand entrance descent.

    Back to the street view, did you notice the gas station’s convenience shop has quoins in a nod to the adjacent architecture? I suppose it’s a good thing that they didn’t make the entire gas station into an Italianate confection (but I’d enjoy seeing that folly). I’d guess there was an Italian side garden there once with iron fence to match the balcony, piazza, and roof cresting. This would have tied the entire affluent composition together quite nicely like this one that’s finally pending!:
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2020/11/13/1886-italianate-lagrange-in/

  9. GemmaGemma says: 114 comments
    2000 Farmhouse
    NC

    The wallpaper is framed. Please see photo 5, where it’s to the left of the door.

    The drone shots show what looks like a door in the lower tower room. Other outdoor shots show a possible door in the ceiling of that lower room, leading to the uppermost room and the widow’s walk.

  10. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5916 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    A great survivor here as others have noted. I’d be less inclined to remove later alterations as many of them have been in the house for a century or longer. Not sure if it would be possible to take this house back to the early period without much of it being conjectural. Even with all of the changes, I still think this is a grand home with a majestic presence.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Actually John, the presence from the street is surprisingly less grand than it is quaint – IMO. You’d have to see it in person, (which you very well may have done 😉), to understand what I mean by that. That one right around the way is the majestic example – IMO.

      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2020/08/20/c-1870-second-empire-in-knightstown-in/

      This one seems as if it should be on Disney World Main Street. It seems in a way almost cartoonish to me. Not in a bad way = it’s cute. It could also very well be part of the set of “Meet Me in St. Louis”. It’s really freakin adorable, is what it is. Heheheh

  11. darladarla says: 159 comments
    Commerce City, CO

    Love this, and would seriously consider putting an offer on it, if not for the wallpaper. Dadgummit! I just don’t share taste with most in this area.

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