Tattoo Artist Kat Von D Buyer Buys 1874 Benjamin Schenck Mansion in Vevay, IN (PHOTOS)

Tattoo Artist Kat Von D Buyer Buys 1874 Benjamin Schenck Mansion in Vevay, IN

SOLD | Built 1874 | 12,000 Sq. Ft. | 7 Beds | 6.5+ Baths | 10.6 Acres
Vevay, Indiana, United States

Tattoo artist Kat Von D is making the move from California to Indiana after purchasing the historic 1874 Benjamin Schenck Mansion. She announced the sale on Instagram, publishing a photo of the mansion with a sold sign out front. The caption reads, “It’s official! Vevay, Indiana here we come!” In early January, she made a post calling all tradespeople in or near Indiana, in hopes of bringing more work to the area while renovating the mansion. The 10.6 acre property hit the market in March 2020 for $1.8 million and sold in December for $1.5 million. The history of the Schenck Mansion began in 1874. Benjamin Franklin Schenck, a wealthy merchant, editor and manufacturer, commissioned Cincinnati architect George P. Humphries to design the towering brick residence. A substantial restoration was completed from 1998 – 2000. With over 12,000 square feet and sitting on 10.6 acres, the Schenck Mansion features a four-storey tower, four porches, seven balconies, eight chimneys, thirteen fireplaces, thirty-five rooms, seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, five original copper lined bath tubs encased in walnut, tin exterior trim, original slate roof and an Inn Keepers apartment. A veranda overlooking the water garden was built using original architectural drawings. 

According to The Indiana Album, the 8,000 square foot Italianate mansion was built at a cost of $67,000 and included 35 rooms and 5 bathrooms. The Indiana Album explained the mansion’s long history, “Due to failing health, Schenck only lived in the house for two summers before his untimely death in 1877 at age 42. His wife Celestine lived in the house intermittently until she died in 1885. In 1923 the three Schenck daughters gave the aging and neglected house and 65 surrounding acres to the Indiana Baptist Convention who named it the Schenck Memorial Home for a few years before returning ownership to the family. In the 1940s Clarence and Lula Wiseman lived in the house and made it available to the Switzerland County Saddle Club, who had a 1/4 mile horse track at the foot of the hill. Several other owners had it through the years and began restoration, but credit goes to the current owners, Jerry and Lisa Fisher, who bought the house in 1998, completed the restoration in 2000 and opened the Schenck Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn.” The residence was sold fully furnished with antique and reproduction furniture reflecting the mansion’s history, the structure is also fully air conditioned and upgraded with modern amenities. The Schenck Mansion was on the market for $1.8 million with Stacey Craig of Lohmiller Real Estate.

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