Property For Sale

263 E. Main Street

| Hanover

Built: c.1855 —
2,800 SQ. FEET
Greg Sekula, Indiana Landmarks Southern Regional Office

Ready for Revival

Situated in the heart of historic Hanover within a block of the entrance to Hanover College, this two-story Greek Revival-style house needs a buyer with vision to return it to its former splendor.

Constructed c.1855, the house features nearly 2,800 square feet of living area on two floors. Research shows that John P. Smith purchased the lot on which the house sits in 1851 from the heirs of John Shannon. Smith sold the property in 1867 to John and Ann Litson, who owned the property until 1872. A succession of owners stewarded the house in the late 19th century, including Hanover College professor Edward J. Hamilton. A historic photograph also indicates that the Sutherland family operated the house as Sutherland’s Boarding House.

The house retains some original interior features including its staircase, woodwork, some two-panel doors, and poplar flooring. Many of the original 6-over-6 windows also survive. A nineteenth-century porch was recently removed from the house due to safety concerns, but its historic elements were saved for re-use or duplication. Reconstruction of the porch will be required as part of an approved rehabilitation plan. Non-original, wood shingle siding currently on the house’s side and rear elevations will need to be replaced with traditional clapboard siding to match the original profile of the remaining wood siding, now obscured by aluminum siding on the front façade.

The house will require total rehabilitation with all new systems, some structural repairs, and a new roof. Some non-historic additions to the house may be removed. The house will be sold subject to preservation deed covenants governing exterior changes and retention of significant interior features. For more information, contact Greg Sekula, Indiana Landmarks Southern Regional Office Director, at 812-284-4534 or