Newkirk Mansion, construction beginning in 1880 by Connersville industrialist William Newkirk, owner of the Indiana Furniture Company, Connersville, In. Mansion took somewhere between two and three years to fully complete, with special 'English' brick, rare and narrow white 'Butter' mortar joints, and massive and heavily carved stone-trimmed exterior.
Is not the largest mansion ever built locally, but likely the most ornately trimmed inside, with massive and beautiful all cherry wood free standing, hand carved main staircase with twenty-one steps, Walnut, Cherry, and Marble fireplace mantles, huge one-foot wide walnut cornice trim around ceilings in every room, hardwood floors with subfloors, and soundproofing between floor layers. Also hundreds of feet of highly carved and figured Butternut (White Walnut) window, door and baseboard trim elements, massive solid wood paneled doors, twelve foot high ceilings down, eleven up.
Has separate very large two story brick Carriage House behind mansion, once used to house horses, carriages, equipment below, with living quarters above. Carriage house heavily damaged by arson fire in 2017, but restorable, long-range plans call for saving this structure as well.
Newkirk Mansion sets high up on hill, with commanding view overlooking downtown Connersville, and is currently undergoing top-to-bottom major restoration after decades of neglect, beginning fall of 2017 upon purchase by locals Mike and Jenny Sparks. Now has a fully restored slate roof, and had heat for first time last winter in about sixteen years. Both major steps forward in stabilizing, and bringing back one of Connersville's most important and iconic structures from the by-gone local Industrialist era.
Long range plans are for Newkirk Mansion, and it's three acre surrounding grounds to once again become a major asset to downtown Connersville, help foster renewed growth, Tourism interest in and around the downtown district.