Property For Sale

Robert and Mary Ann Leavitt House

230 East CR 20 North | Vernon

Built: c.1884 —
3,456 SQ. FEET
Greg Sekula

Queen Anne with a View

Situated on an elevated 2-acre lot overlooking the Muscatatuck River on the outskirts of historic Vernon, Indiana, the Queen Anne-style Robert and Mary Ann Leavitt House was likely built c.1884 by Robert Leavitt, a carpenter. The two-and-a-half-story frame structure offers approximately 3,456 square feet of living space and sits on a partial basement with stone foundation. The interior features 10 rooms with 3-4 bedrooms on the second floor. The house retains original woodwork, hardwood floors, pocket doors, a partial open staircase, corner living room fireplace and built-in window seat, and dining room with built-in cabinetry. There is a walk-up unfinished attic space suitable for storage or expanded living. The house’s original front porch is enclosed and was incorporated into the first-floor front stair hall/parlor. There is presently one bath on the first floor. Municipal water is located nearby, but the house will require a septic system. A concrete pad on the north side of the house offers opportunity for expanded outdoor living with river views.

The Leavitt House requires complete rehabilitation with all new systems, bathroom, and kitchen needed. The house will be sold subject to preservation covenants attached to the deed.  Purchaser is required to submit a rehabilitation plan for approval. Indiana Landmarks is presently commencing exterior restoration of the house and has recently removed the aluminum siding that obscured much of the house’s original detailing. The front porch of the house will also be reopened. Exterior painting will take place as part of the project. Property price will be adjusted with additional investment by Indiana Landmarks. The property can be sold at any stage during the exterior rehabilitation project.

Vernon, population 312, is the county seat of Jennings County, Indiana. Nearby, North Vernon,  population 6,700, serves as the area’s main commercial center. Vernon is located 60 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, and 67 miles southwest of Indianapolis, Indiana. The area affords picturesque rolling hills and farm land and is within 30 minutes of Interstate I-65.  For more information, contact Indiana Landmarks’ Southern Regional Office at or 812-284-4534.