Culture, History & Festivals

 

Sullivan County Home - "Poor Farm"   

 

This structure is located at the end of East Washington Street and is just outside of the Sullivan city limits. This building has achieved a designation with both the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Landmarks Organization.

 

The style is described as Romanesque and Queen Anne and was built in the latter 1800's by the Fort Wayne, Indiana, firm of Wing and Mahurin. The Wing and Mahurin firm was known for its grand Romanesque Revival public buildings.Prior to welfare programs, retirement communities and nursing homes.

 

Indiana provided county homes- sometimes called "poor farms."  They were often large, stately structures, and the Sullivan County Home with its corner turret, prominent tower and tree-lined wrought iron entrance fence does look like a grand county manor

 

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