Railroad enthusiasts and those seeking a one-of-a-kind peaceful retreat from the city will not want to miss this rare opportunity to own a piece of history in Pike Township. A unique property is now for sale in the quiet historic enclave of New Augusta, just nine miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis. Located at 7135 Purdy Street and 7140 New Augusta Road, it consists of a charming three-bedroom house and the c.1895 Augusta Station train depot building, with ample green space. Indiana Landmarks acquired a six-month option on the property and will act as real estate agent for the site over the duration of the option. Through the sale, we will place protective covenants on the property to secure its long-term preservation.
The listed property encompasses five parcels from the community’s original plat map. The house is a one-and-one-half story property that retains much of its original character, including grained woodwork and a cast iron mantelpiece. Marked by a wide bell-cast roof, the depot building houses a series of intriguing original spaces, including a waiting room and ticket office, that could be adapted to a variety of uses.
New Augusta is one of the last intact nineteenth-century railroad towns in Marion County. The village includes historic commercial buildings and well-preserved late Victorian cottages, thanks largely to the work of Olive, Emma and Mary Purdy. Beginning in the 1960s, the sisters bought the depot and other houses in order to look after them and find buyers who valued the small-town character of the community.
When they rescued the depot, the sisters became some of the first preservationists in Marion County. Thinking ahead as they aged, the sisters sought Indiana Landmarks’ help to list New Augusta in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district designation came through in 1989, followed by local conservation district status conferred by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission in 1999.
Jim Killen inherited the depot and family home from his Purdy aunts in the 1990s and dutifully looked after the properties. Jim learned from his father, Jack Killen, who was executive director of the Indianapolis Foundation from 1958-78, of the value of conserving historic and natural places. Jim has tried to preserve properties in New Augusta, as well as the stories that accompany them. Learn more about New Augusta.
To schedule a showing or request more information, contact Mark Dollase, vice president of preservation services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 639-4534.