Briscoe-Wells-Schechter House
714 Vincennes Street
New Albany, IN 47150

Listing Description:
New Albany attorney and his wife, Nattie, purchased three lots on the east side of Vincennes Street in May 1902 and are believed to have this one-story frame cottage constructed for resale shortly thereafter. Joseph O. Briscoe and his wife, Bertie, purchased the new home in April 1904 for $1200, but only lived here for three years before selling the property to Holmes and Anna Wells for $1500.
Holmes Wells was an agent with the B & O freight line office in New Albany. He died in April 1923 and his widow sold the property in August 1927. After passing through numerous owners over the next two decades, the house was purchased by George and Jessie Schechter in July 1951 from Jessie’s mother, Fannie Baylor. The Schechters previously lived at 702 Vincennes Street. He was a salesman and she was a charter member of the Piankeshaw Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), where she also served as its regent. Jessie Schechter passed away in January 1960, and George died just over a year later, in February 1961.

The house is Queen Anne in style and features a cross-gabled roofline with a prominent corner tower with a bracketed cornice, specialty siding and a pyramidal roof topped by a decorative metal finial. The home’s front gable features an arched window and a bay window sheltered by a large wraparound porch.

The interior of the home features elaborate fretwork spandrels, as well as a large built-in cabinet in the kitchen and an oak mantelpiece. The house retains its original woodwork throughout.

From auction listing: House interior features: 1345 +/- square feet above grade living area with a 600 square foot basement and 744 square foot crawl space. The house has two bedrooms and one full bathroom. It includes a very nice sunroom, hardwood floors throughout, original interior trim and elaborate fretwork. House exterior features: asphalt shingle roof, wood siding, detached 2-car garage, nice covered front porch with swing, small private rear deck, and rear alley access. Mechanicals: natural gas furnace & water heater, central air. Immediate possession available-don’t miss out on your chance to own this home!

The house will open for inspection on Wednesday, 16 November from 3-5 PM. Possession at closing; buyer to pay all closing fees, except deed prep. 

Selling at online auction ending Monday, 21 November 2022. For more information visit, or contact Beckort Auctions at 812/738-9476 or

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Sale Price: $1.00
Contact: Selling at online auction ending Monday, 21 November 2022. For more information visit, or contact Beckort Auctions at 812/738-9476 or

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