Save This Old House: Gothic Revival Cottage
The original details make this house sing
Published November 2015
Location Rising Sun, Indiana
Contact Jarrad Holbrook, 812-926-0983
It's rare to find a house that's been suspended in time. As a preservationist—I work at Indiana Landmarks—that's what I love so much about this Gothic Revival cottage, which was built in 1867 and has undergone few changes since. What's even more special: From 1901 until the 1980s, it was owned by a single family. After the last remaining member passed away, in the 1990s, it sat vacant until our preservation group bought it, in 2012.
Shown: The house sits on a quarter-acre lot, which includes two outbuildings.
This little house has all the charms of a classic Carpenter Gothic, with storybook details like a steeply pitched center-gabled roof, decorative cornice brackets under the eaves, and intricate gingerbread cutouts on the porch.
Shown: Decorative brackets under the eaves echo the porch's scrolling gingerbread details. Once near collapse, the porch has been fully restored by Indiana Landmarks.
Rising Sun is best known for the local casino, but it's a small town, founded in 1814 and less than an hour from Cincinnati, that retains plenty of vintage charm.
This old house is no exception—and I'd love to see it brought into this century by someone with an appreciation for its history.
Shown: The property still features two old water pumps—and an outhouse.