Historic North Vernon home saved from wrecking ball

A historic home in North Vernon was facing the wrecking ball. Now, it has a new lease on life. Greg Sekula is the Indiana Landmarks Southern Regional Director. His group was able to save the former home of businessman Joseph Cone, located at the corner of Jennings and State Streets.


Sekulah says the house has been transformed over the last several weeks.


The house was designed by George F. Barber, a Knoxville, TN, architect know for the elaborate residential designs he marketed through mail-order catalogs. The house has fallen into severe disrepair over the years and the last homeowner was unable to maintain it. Sekula says that once adequate repairs are made, the house will be put on the market and whoever buys it will be responsible for final renovations and maintenance.