Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday cottage in Culver - Hendricks-Hollowell Cottage
5 Bdrm, 3.5 Bath On The Lake W/ 2 Screened Porches
The historic Hendricks-Hollowell Cottage is one of the original summer homes on the East Shore. The front (lakeside) half, built in the early 1880s by our great-grandmother's sister and her husband, is a gabled Queen Anne style. The back (streetside) half of the cottage was designed in the mid-1960s by local architect Rodney Todd, in mid-century modern style with Scandinavian influences.
The cottage is furnished with antiques that have been in our family for 5+ generations. Born in 1893, our grandfather, Tommy Hendricks, spent every summer of his life here (except for a few years during WWI), with his cousins from Peru and Logansport. As an adult, he wrote his memoirs about growing up in Peru with his friend Cole Porter and their summer shenanigans at Maxinkuckee.
The 3000 sq.ft. cottage sits on a bank 6 feet above 100 feet of shoreline and sandy-bottom water. We ask a bit lower price for our cottage because it is slightly more rustic than some, due to our desire to retain its historic features (such as non-winterized porches, restored wood windows, and a lack of central heating or AC in the 1880s portion of the house)
The original section of the cottage, constructed in the early 1880s, faces the lake and has been lovingly restored. It retains most of its original Queen Anne features, such as decorated gables and trim, wood siding, wavy glass windows, and ornate Eastlake door and window hardware. This historic section includes: Downstairs – furnished screened porch (700 sq. ft.) across the entire front of the house, perfect for catching lake breezes or watching glorious Maxinkuckee sunsets; large living room with wood stove; library/sunroom (a great playroom for kids); bedroom with 2 twin beds; full bath with shower/tub. Upstairs –1 full bath with shower; two bedrooms: 1) double bed, ceiling fan and large window overlooking the lake; 2) w/queen-sized poster bed, ceiling fan, windows that open to the lake breezes. This section, typical of its time, is a summer house only and does not have central heat or air. A fireplace with a high-efficiency wood stove provides plenty of heat as needed. Upstairs bedrooms have ceiling fans and windows that catch ample lake breezes.
The mid-century modern back half of the cottage (facing East Shore Drive) has central heat and AC. It includes: Downstairs – large dining room with cathedral ceiling, glass walls, and oak table that seats 10; large screened porch with ceiling fan and breakfast nook; full kitchen with new refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher, and breakfast table; half bath; laundry room with utility sink and full washer and dryer. Upstairs – two bedrooms, each with two twin beds; full bath with tub/shower.
Side yard includes a brick patio, outdoor charcoal grill, hammock, and plenty of room for bocci ball or croquet. The garage has room for one car or 2 golf carts.
Driveway parking lot accommodates 3 large cars, plus additional parallel parking for 2 cars (or 1 car with trailer.)
Alongside the pier are racks for the Old Town fiberglass canoe and touring kayak, and a small lift for the vintage sunfish. An aluminum rowboat could easily be outfitted with a small motor for fishing (or just row out!). There's room on the pier to dock a large sail- or motorboat; additional watercraft or rafts could be anchored in the water beside the pier.
The swimming here is super for kids. At the end of the pier, the water is about 4' deep with sandy bottom. Because the lake is spring-fed, it stays cool, even during the Indiana summer.
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- Long-term Renters Welcome
My brother, sister, and I have recently inherited our family's historic cottage. Growing up, we spent every summer here, with our parents and grandparents, swimming, boating, and enjoying the outdoors. One of us lives in Vermont and works as an environmental educator; another lives in the DC area and works at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History; and one is an anthropologist based in Indianapolis. Offering the cottage as a vacation rental is a way to share a very special place that will also help us continue to care for and restore this historic property.