One of the very first houses I featured on this blog was The Rumpe House in Rising Sun, Indiana. In fact, it is this blog’s cover photo. My son-in-law is comptroller at the Rising Sun Casino in town, so we often visit there (not for gambling ~ they have a great buffet at the casino), and walk around the town admiring the old homes and view of the Ohio River. We’ve looked in the windows of The Rumpe House, and if we were to ever move closer to my daughter’s family, this is the house I would want.
Indiana Landmarks has added a new photo of the house had this to say about this wonderful piece of history.
“The historic Rumpe House at 510 Main Street in Rising Sun is either a tough rehab challenge or a rare opportunity — or both. With a new roof and freshly painted exterior, the 1867 Carpenter Gothic gem is ready for its closeup. The house appears in the “Save This Old House” section of the October issue ofThis Old House, a national magazine, catching eyes across the country and bringing attention to Rising Sun.
The Rumpe House derives its name from the family who inhabited it for more than 80 years, beginning in 1901. Virtually untouched since its construction, the home retains all original interior and exterior woodwork, windows, and doors. Tilly Rumpe remained in the home until the 1980s and introduced few of the amenities we take for granted today. The house has a cistern-fed hand pump and an outhouse.
After sitting vacant for the subsequent decades, the house fell into disrepair. Broken gutters caused water damage on the front porch, including the picturesque gingerbread trim. The home was placed on the market with the lot valued higher than the house, which would encourage demolition. In 2012, Indiana Landmarks bought the threatened property because of its unique history and original architecture.
We stabilized the porch, replicated missing trim, and repaired the historic windows. Inside, some aesthetic work is still required, but the stunning craftsmanship of faux-grained woodwork remains.
The Rumpe House exhibits remarkable original character. The Rumpes never installed a furnace, air conditioning, or the indoor plumbing most people expect. A hand pump in the kitchen provided the only interior access to water.
Indiana Landmarks is selling the house for $45,000. The home will be sold with a protective covenant covering only the exterior. While some would-be buyers might view the house as a daunting challenge, it also offers a rare opportunity to install efficient, environmentally responsible electric , HVAC, and water systems. Such blank slate opportunities don’t often present themselves in historic houses.
If you or someone you know is interested in owning this charming example of Rising Sun history, call 812-926-0983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”