All Hail the Queen
The Joseph Cone house in North Vernon’s State Street Historic District offers a confection of Queen Anne details — towering brick chimneys, decorative slate roof, patterned gable shingles, wraparound porch topped by a conical roof, and lots of gingerbread. Banker and businessman Joseph Cone ordered plans for the large house from George F. Barber, a Knoxville, Tennessee, architect known for the elaborate residential designs he marketed through mail-order catalogs. North Vernon boasts a number of houses attributed to Barber, but the Cone house stood out when it was completed in 1894.
Indiana Landmarks saved the threatened house from demolition in 2017 and undertook exterior restoration before selling the property to a buyer who started work on the interior. Now the property is ready for a new owner to complete its transformation. The Cone House will be sold subject to preservation covenants held by Indiana Landmarks governing exterior improvements.
The home currently has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living, hearth, sitting, and dining rooms, kitchen, laundry, large foyer, unfinished attic and cellar, two car detached garage. This is the gem of Jennings St! See more on the realtor’s website.