Mr. Newkirk's mansion
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Since: Feb 08

Glen Burnie, MD

#1 Sep 9, 2008
Great picture Farm Girl. I love old homes. I bet it is really beautiful on the inside. Does it have a back staircase?
Farm Girl - Original

AOL

#2 Sep 9, 2008
Yes, it actually has two back staircases and the most beautiful mahogany wood staircase, doorframes and wainscoting that I understand has never been painted over in all of these years, marble flooring and the highest ceilings you can imagine.

At one time there was a beautiful summer room on the north side. There is a spiral stairway up to the top of the home where the carrier pigeons were housed.

Each and every brick in that house came from Italy and was hand wrapped in heavy brown paper for shipping. In those days even the brown paper cost a small fortune.

“Waz up?”

Since: Aug 08

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#3 Sep 9, 2008
Boy I bet that place has some serious history!! Bet it is beautiful but it looks creepy as he!! too!!!
Rockhunter

United States

#4 Sep 9, 2008
I would hate to see The Ohio Valley Gas Bills this winter???.Nice to see it restored to it's origional condition though.Back in the late 70's early eighties the Jaycees used it as their Haunted House during Halloween Time,It was great.

“Who really cares?!”

Since: Jul 08

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#5 Sep 9, 2008
Beautiful!
Wildflowers

Chicago, IL

#6 Sep 9, 2008
This home is in good ole' Connersville,USA...simply takes your breath away.
STIHL

United States

#7 Sep 10, 2008
I love these older homes in Connersville. They are full of history and REAL craftsmanship!!

“The Red Rocket”

Since: Aug 08

Connersville

#8 Sep 10, 2008
Someone has purchased it now, my understanding is with the intent of total restoration. I hope they have deep pockets! I've never been inside, but always wanted to go in and see it. The last time I was up there, I imagined how beautiful it would be with all the brush and sapplings cleared away, and although it's not in the best part of town, it would be a fantastic view.
Farm Girl - Original

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#9 Sep 10, 2008
Del Monte wrote:
Someone has purchased it now, my understanding is with the intent of total restoration. I hope they have deep pockets! I've never been inside, but always wanted to go in and see it. The last time I was up there, I imagined how beautiful it would be with all the brush and sapplings cleared away, and although it's not in the best part of town, it would be a fantastic view.
Yes, it's too bad about all the brush growing up. The details are awesome even right down to the large steps and landings that cascade down to the circular driveway. They were placed in such a way that the women could pause and make a sharp turn causing the skirts to billow out behind them to show off their finery before entering the carriages.

I was disappointed to see the new aluminum framed windows going in - ugly and not in keeping with the home.

I think Connersville has missed a great opportunity in not making this home the museum. But that's just because I love the place so much and would love for people to be able to enjoy it's beauty.
Farm Girl - Original

AOL

#10 Sep 10, 2008
STIHL wrote:
I love these older homes in Connersville. They are full of history and REAL craftsmanship!!
I know what you mean about the REAL craftsmanship -
real wood crown moldings, real wood flooring (no pergo vinyl look alike) and real plaster on the walls. Just beautiful!

Not to fault the Miller building but I look at the finish work in there and wonder why in the world they ever passed the final inspection with seams not even finished off in the crown molding, etc. Standards are so low these days...in my opinion.
Squirrel Eater

Waltham, MA

#11 Sep 10, 2008
I know the people who bought it and
they have restored several historical homes. They will spend many years on it and return it to it's original state as close as they can.
goodie two shoes

United States

#12 Sep 10, 2008
Who are the present owners ? Hope they can sometime open it up to the public to see when done . great charity fund raiser . Would love to see it !
Squirrel Eater

Waltham, MA

#13 Sep 10, 2008
I won't say of course and they don't really want any publicity. Pretty private people, ya know.
reviver

Connersville, IN

#14 Sep 10, 2008
Farm Girl - Original wrote:
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I know what you mean about the REAL craftsmanship -
real wood crown moldings, real wood flooring (no pergo vinyl look alike) and real plaster on the walls. Just beautiful!
Not to fault the Miller building but I look at the finish work in there and wonder why in the world they ever passed the final inspection with seams not even finished off in the crown molding, etc. Standards are so low these days...in my opinion.
I do not think we will ever see "real" craftsmanship again. Individuals from the era when this home was built were arist supreme who took pride in their work. Now......everything is prefab!!
Farm Girl - Original

AOL

#15 Sep 10, 2008
Squirrel Eater wrote:
I know the people who bought it and
they have restored several historical homes. They will spend many years on it and return it to it's original state as close as they can.
Well, I'm sad that I don't own it but I am very happy to know that "my mansion" will be in the hands of someone who can return it to it's glory.
mom of 4

Naperville, IL

#16 Sep 10, 2008
A Teacher I used to work for lived here last that I knew of. She had a really hard time keeping the place up things were always messing up for her. I know she did used to complain about the heating bills. Her husband had died in a car accident several years back so it was just her and her daughter who lived there and I think with everything and the upkeep on this place was just too much.
Observer

United States

#17 Sep 10, 2008
Speaking of craftmanship. They need boat builders up in Maine and can't get anyone interested; the young people are not interested anymore, they want computer jobs.
Out of State

AOL

#18 Sep 10, 2008
I hear you about the loss of artists who work with wood in any medium whether ships or fine homes. I'm hard pressed in Texas just to find a good cabinet maker! What a great shot of this old place. Brings back memories.

“The Red Rocket”

Since: Aug 08

Connersville

#19 Sep 11, 2008
mom of 4 wrote:
A Teacher I used to work for lived here last that I knew of. She had a really hard time keeping the place up things were always messing up for her. I know she did used to complain about the heating bills. Her husband had died in a car accident several years back so it was just her and her daughter who lived there and I think with everything and the upkeep on this place was just too much.
Yes, I remember her well, we talked a few times about this was her husband's dream home, and how it was just to much for her to undertake by herself. I know she had the will, just not the way, it was a shame.
goodie two shoes

United States

#20 Sep 11, 2008
My cousin from Houston was visiting one time and we went by this house and she thought it reminded her of the Adams Family house !!! I think it is really neat , myself .

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