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Burns Homestead near Lake Maxinkuckee, Culver, Indiana

PLEASE let there be hope and a way to help me restore a 112-114+ plus year old house in Culver, Indiana and near Lake Maxinkuckee?? I need my faity godfather, mither, uncle and aunt...

We need someone who is willing to help and invest in restoring Culver homes instead of them being bought by outsiders, and then risk being torn toron - only to be replaced with pre-fab homes. I guess I am just to idealistic to sentimental about old things and history of them.

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:
  • Roof
  • 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
estimated costNotes
roof 6,000.00-15,000.00 ball park estimate for stripping/re-sheeting; main part done early 1960's; porch & back part 1980's
Maple Trees 2,500.00 cut down totally or to roof top/edge of house
Sunroom/Conservatory Front PorchFour Seasons
Windows (see notes above) Bee- Windows, Anderson )
Doors Least 3 Right now there is: Backdoor with Aluminum Storm/Screen
Kitchen Inside
Dinning Room Inside
North Side Porch Aluminum Storm/Screen
East Side Porch Aluminum Storm/Screen
Gutting do-it-myself ?with help?
floors 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 5,000.00
Carport Repair/Rebuild damaged by Towns Sewer project
landscaping Backyard damaged by Towns Sewer project was not restored to as was condition as was promised

I do not know why it has been so important to me to restore the old house - maybe I have a false sense of loyalty to the house to David... maybe a false sense of loyalty to its history being 114+ years old the families that held it the Barnhiel's, Hawk's, Hawkin's... I know David and Susie do not care about the old house I really can't blame them - there is nothing in Culver really for the young people to stay & live... I know probably most of the people do not support me in my efforts which some have proven that to me already and think I am crazy but I have to try even if I fail at it maybe it is just noy meant to be and I am wasting my money, time and effort... 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

Here is information about the local - lake area.

Please send up prayers and a ray of hope for me! Contact me at: Contact me with suggestions or ideas please!

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 be able use it again as a 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.

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