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New Albany, Indiana

New Albany was founded in 1813 by Joel, Nathaniel, and Abner Scribner of New York. They laid out the town and sold lots for commercial and residential areas, reserving areas for school, church, and government purposes. The town prospered at the falls of the Ohio River and was the largest city in Indiana in the 1850s. Leading industries in the 1800s were shipbuilding, furniture and woodworking, glass works, woolen and cotton mills, and leather manufacturing. Churches and schools were numerous and the arts flourished. New Albany was a southern Indiana center for banking and goods. Leading citizens of the 1800s built their homes on Upper High Street, later renamed Main Street.

(Information from Walking Tour Map of Mansion Row)

All pictures contributed by David Barksdale

Knoefel House

1103 E. Main
Queen Anne
Note the many gables and the stained-glass windows on this recently restored brick house.

409 Bank Street


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How To Research Your House

'Very informative and highly readable, crammed full of useful tips, offering step-by-step approach; by following her guidance, readers can discover when their home was built, what it was used for, who lived there and details of events that happened there. An aboslute must for all those fascinated by the history of their own home and the community in which it stands.' Family History Monthly'The perfect starting point, numerous handy tips and website addresses. Ideal for the inexperienced researcher.' Good Book Guide

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Farrell - Kepley House

Greek Revival, 1845
425 Bank Street

Alexander Dowling Esq. House

1870 with an 1888 addition
East Thirteenth and Spring streets
Now restored for the Pyke - Calloway Funeral Home. 

New Albany in Vintage Postcards (IN) (Postcard History Series) New Albany in Vintage Postcards
The scenic town of New Albany lies along the banks of the Ohio River, opposite Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1813 and incorporated in 1839, New Albany grew to be the largest city in Indiana by the mid-1800s. Its location below the falls of the Ohio River boosted shipping and boat-building and promoted the building of some of the city’s most notable residences, many of which still stand along Main Street. Through more than 200 vintage postcards, authors David C. Barksdale and Robyn Davis Sekula guide the reader on a tour of New Albany’s past. The images highlight the city’s early schools and churches and its first library. Others juxtapose flooding disaster and centennial celebration. (Click book image at left)

1109 East Spring Street

Colonial Revival /Mediterranean
c. 1920

 Brooks - Bradley House

Italianate, 1855
East Ninth and Market streets
James Brooks was the founder and first president of the New Albany - Salem Railroad which later became known as the Monon

Caring for Your Old House: A Guide for Owners and Residents (Respectful Rehabilitation Series) Caring for Your Old House: A Guide for Owners and Residents (Respectful Rehabilitation Series)

In this well-illustrated handbook, Judith Kitchen provides comprehensive advice and guidance for old-house owners on researching, repairing and maintaining an old residence to avoid making any irreversible changes to the historic integrity of the house. Potential old-house owners will find valuable recommendations on finding that old home. Included are inspection and maintenance tips with overviews on repairing problems in foundations, roofs, paint, mechanical and plumbing systems and other areas of the house.

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Nunemacher-Hangary House

709 E. Main

Fashioned in the Gothic Revival style of architecture this home has had only three owners since 1853. The first two owners were John R. Nunemacher, owner of the City Bookstore at number 2 Main Street, and Jacob Hangary, one of the founders of the Merchants National Bank. It has a raised first story and delicate iron ornamentation.

Peter Mann House

710 E. Main
Built c. 1860 in the Italianate style, it has been restored as a private residence.


607 East Main Street

Queen Anne

About Your House (Bob Yapp)About Your House (Bob Yapp)

Companion to the public television series, this practical guide helps the millions of owners of older homes maintain, renovate, and improve their homes. Recognizing that a home is most people's biggest investment, emotionally as well as financially, Bob Yapp helps you bring out the best in your home.

Unlike most home improvement books that offer detailed advice on major projects that the average homeowner would never attempt, readers will find About Your House a refreshing new approach to everyday decisions that face those looking to keep their home beautiful, in excellent condition and within their budget. Each section of the book focuses on common repair and maintenance issues that confront the homeowner, with an emphasis on older houses. Yapp guides you on those projects you'll want to do yourself, when and how to hire a contractor, and performance standards for contractors.  (Click above image)
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