Burns Homestead near Lake Maxinkuckee, Culver, Indiana
PLEASE won't somebody help me find a way to restore a 112-114+ plus year old house in Culver, Indiana and near
Or if you wish to Donate
for the restoration and in reality - possibly even towards the destruction of it... as that is what seems many of
Culver wants for it you can via PayPal; or if you prefer to send direct email me for address.
I can't give up on the old house - its in my mind to solid to destroy... yeah I am to sentimental for my own good I guess...
maybe it will never happen... but I will die trying to make it happen... I am trying.... I am doing all the "grunt, dirty work"
my self cleaning up the aftermath of the leaky roof that no one would give me estimates for ... bring told I did not want to put a roof on it
with no one living in it... WHY NOT???
One person told me it should be on the local historical register as its one of the oldest homes in Culver he should know he is 80+ and grew
up in Culver and came back, knew the family; besides because of who lived in it meaning David... come March it will be in the family 70
years... and they rented it prior to that at least from July 1942' besides ti being the property of 2 Culver historic families being
Ezra Hawkins and David & Catherine Hawk
Found out what I wanted - the outside of house is anywhere from 8-12" by 1" rough hewed wood plank underneath that crappy siding.... so far
it is that way all around it on the outside walls.... so there is hope there... the cabbaged up areas of the windows could be tricky but
most of the windows could be taken back to the original size... The back wall of the kitchen/old porch to basement is in very surprising
very very good condition its had the worse treatment with David tearing the back porch of ???? it was that way in 1972 when I came and
sat another 12 years open to the elements... then this....
On face book at Burns Homestead Culver - Lake Maxinkuckee
If any hope at all still exist the MAJOR or needs right now is a:
New windows - The Front window which was vandalized in March of 2006
2 - living room (1 large picture window combination)
2 - bedroom
2 - fireplace room (1 large picture window combination)
1 - bathroom
2 -laundry room & 1 Backdoor with Aluminum Storm/Screen
Major repair work - as was screwed up when built
has the basement stairway in north part -
? Sunroom - for the laundry room area ?
1 - kitchen & door (idea on that)
1 - dining room & 1 door
Ideas for both these to eliminate them
2 - Porch Aluminum Storm/Screen doors
Front Porch windows or sunroom - storm of July 2012
ball park estimate for stripping/re-sheeting; main part done early 1960's; porch & back part 1980's
Right now there is:
Backdoor with Aluminum Storm/Screen
Dinning Room Inside
North Side Porch Aluminum Storm/Screen
East Side Porch Aluminum Storm/Screen
do-it-myself ?with help?
Save what old flooring can possible to make one or 2 complete rooms with he "Old"
Heating/air conditioning new duct work
Furnance & duct work c. 1961; just window a/c
Back up Generator system
damaged by Towns Sewer project
Backyard damaged by Towns Sewer project was not restored to as was condition as was promised
Maybe it's time to start realizing that my dreams and hopes for this old house are just about gone unless someone is willing to
believe im me... my dream... willing to help, work with me and give me ideas on how to save it and restore it....
It is prime real estate area of Culver, Indiana - Main Street within 2 1/2 blocks from downtown Culver. It is near and
within the reach of the Culver Military Academy - Black Horse Troop - Lake Maxinkuckee
Please send up prayers and a ray of hope for me!
Contact me at: Contact me with suggestions or ideas
Here is the history of the house. In 1910 Ezra and his first wife Mary were
living in Culver and the house remained into the Hawkins name until 1944.
Trying to sell some things on ebay as I can that no longer need that I collected in years past even things
David saved and bought me they are meaningless if I can't save the house - but dealing with our bad economic times and
people telling my they are not worth anything. Trinkets do not pay the bills nor fix a house up -- anything I will be
selling is at
Maxinkuckee Gal on Ebay; and here on
Maxinkuckee Treasures Esty
I guess I am crazy, foolish and stupid for dreaming the impossible dream....MY HOUSE...to be able use it again as a
home...to move back into it...will it ever happen will I ever live in it again? I really wonder... David has been gone
23 years and it seems unbelieveable! I have turned 62 and gained some benfits and its helping out some... I know now
that I am dreaming the impossible dream...... that many feel that I am un-deserving of it... I know I am selfish
in believing and dreaming thae there is a possiblity of restoring it... trying to keep the old house for memories sake
as a tribute to David Boswell Burns (1900-1990)... just not sure whats on my mind mixed feelings... probably feelings of
defeat... lost hopes and lost dreams ... not sure as yet but oh well that's life just will have to pick up and carry on I guess...
And no I am not going to demolish the house unless its the last straw and going to fight to the bitter end and it over
by DEAD BODY if at all possible... I love that old house - its in a way Culver's history with the Barnhisels ( Laura A.
Barnhisel had an addition to Culver named after her or established it), David & Charlotte Hawk were early settlers and
held a vast amount of land from Mill Street to Hawks Lake, and Ezra Hawkins was business man and held various properties
around Culver. Just need someone to believe in the old house and me and my dream... I may be foolish for the dream but
it is my dream...
Dear Lord - Give me the peace and understanding that I need, to accept what is to come, whatever it maybe; you
above all are in control of what has happened, what will happen and what is to be. Forgive me for my doubts; my fears
and my selfishness if wanting to save this house.