Rising Hall

Rising Hall
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On the National Road in Indiana, in Hendricks County right at the Putnam County line, you’ll find this 1872 home known as Rising Hall. It’s named after what staircases were sometimes called — this home has five staircases.

It was in sorry condition in the 1980s when Walt and June Prosser bought it and began its restoration. They completed it in the early 1990s and frequently invited the public in to tour it. You can watch a short documentary about the restoration here.

Walt Prosser died in 2010, aged 86. I haven’t found an obituary for his wife, June, so perhaps she still lives in Rising Hall.

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9 responses to “single frame: Rising Hall”

  1. J P Avatar

    What a great story, and what a cool house. I have not been familiar with that part of 40 and cannot recall seeing it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      If you ever have to drive to Terre Haute, skip the Interstate and take 40. A much less taxing drive due to so much less traffic, and you get to see this.

  2. Kelly R Hugunin Avatar
    Kelly R Hugunin

    I drive by Rising Sun often. Beautiful old house. I have a fondness for old houses like this and love to see them restored.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yes, it’s always a shame when a grand old house like this decays and is demolished!

  3. Nancy Stewart Avatar
    Nancy Stewart

    I marvel at how in Europe people live in beautiful old buildings that are many hundreds of years old. Well maintained and treasured after all these years. Here they are left to slowly fall apart and then are replaced by an unattractive, cheap box. So sad. I’m happy to see this lovely home brought back to life … and hopefully it will be kept up in the future.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I sometimes wonder if it’s because we have so much land here and it’s cheap to build new. But I agree: grand old places should be saved and used.

  4. brandib1977 Avatar

    Extraordinary home! I love the details, especially that roof and all that gorgeous lavender.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      There’s all kinds of goodness here. I like the shape of the windows and the color of the brick.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Yes! It really is just a beautiful home full of character.

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