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Newkirk Mansion

371-321 Western Avenue, Connersville

Newkirk Mansion, Connersville

Tragic Neglect

Completed in 1880 by the well-to-do owner of a furniture manufacturing company, the Newkirk Mansion at 317-321 Western Ave still displays the original walnut and cherry mantels and woodwork. Sited high overlooking the town atop a 3-acre lawn, the long-vacant house attracts attention for its architecture and deteriorated condition.

Newkirk’s widow died in 1933. Several years later, a new owner converted it to an apartment house, a 25-year stint that ended with its conversion to a nursing home in 1962. Now vacant, the house declines under a leaky roof that’s damaging the woodwork and plaster. An arson fire destroyed the property’s historic two-story carriage house on April 23, 2017.

(Photo: Darrell Smith, News-Examiner)
(Photo: contributed to News-Examiner)

“The Newkirk Mansion’s arresting architecture and enviable site deserve a better fate. It needs a new owner willing to restore and maintain it,” says J. P. Hall, director of Indiana Landmarks’ Eastern Regional Office.

For More Information

J.P. Hall, Director
Indiana Landmarks Eastern Field Office
765-478-3172
jphall@indianalandmarks.org

Jim Orr
Connersville Historic Preservation Commission
765-969-4833
jrorr47331@yahoo.com

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