One of Indiana’s most outstanding examples of the Second Empire style, and the only example in Switzerland County, the Schenck Mansion is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Built by Benjamin Franklin Schenck, son of a fabulously wealthy “hay king” of the steamboat era, this palatial mansion was the marvel of its time with its four storied tower, thirty-five rooms from basement to attic and five baths. This house was built in 1874 at a total cost of $67,000. Its towers, bay windows, high ceilings and spacious rooms are characteristic of the architecture of the time. The architect of record was George P. Humphries of Cincinnati. Amazingly, the original architect’s plans have remained with the mansion.
The Schenck Mansion rises regally over the town of Vevay in the center of 11 acres of park-like grounds with a spacious patio, gazebo, water features, small vineyard and ample parking. This unique location, removed from the din of city noise, creates an oasis of serenity and scenic beauty in southeast Indiana.