The Hermitage (Brookville, Indiana)

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The Hermitage
The Hermitage in Brookville.jpg
The Hermitage, March 2012
The Hermitage (Brookville, Indiana) is located in Indiana
The Hermitage (Brookville, Indiana)
The Hermitage (Brookville, Indiana) is located in the United States
The Hermitage (Brookville, Indiana)
Location650 E. 8th St., Brookville, Indiana
Coordinates39°25′21″N 85°0′17″W / 39.42250°N 85.00472°W / 39.42250; -85.00472Coordinates: 39°25′21″N 85°0′17″W / 39.42250°N 85.00472°W / 39.42250; -85.00472
Area6.1 acres (2.5 ha)
Builtc. 1835 (1835), 1898
Built byAdams, John Ottis;
Architectural styleBungalow/craftsman
NRHP reference No.04000209[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 22, 2004

The Hermitage, also known as the John Ottis Adams and Winifred Brady Adams Home and Studio, is a historic home located at Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana. The original house was built about 1835 by well-to-do paper manufacturer James Henry Speer. It was reconfigured in 1898 by John Ottis Adams and his wife Winifred Brady Adams.

It is a 1+12-story, Bungalow / American Craftsman inspired frame dwelling sheathed in clapboard. A full-width front porch supported by 17 tapered columns. At each end of the house are artist's studios, built for each of the Adamses. A rear section rises to 2+12 stories. Also on the property are the levee built after a flood in 1913, contributing gazebo (c. 1910), pergola (c. 1910), and outhouse.

Originally painter J. Ottis Adams (1851-1927) shared the house and studios with another artist. By 1899 he and his wife Winifred Brady Adams, a still-life painter, took over full possession of the property.[2]: 2–3 

The Hermitage was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[1] It is located in the Brookville Historic District.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2015-11-01. Note: This includes Martha Shea and Paul Diebold (March 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: The Hermitage" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-01. and Accompanying photographs.