Ferdinand Historical Walking Tour

Ferdinand Historical Walking Tour

Named after the Emperor of Austria, the enchanting village of Ferdinand was founded by the Reverend Joseph Kundek in 1840. Fr. Kundek’s vision was to create thriving settlements for German Catholics. Ferdinand’s architecture is based in its German heritage. However, the town maintains many diverse architectural stylings… blending old with new. Listed here, is a self-guided tour of some of Ferdinand’s oldest and most interesting structures. Most of them are located within the original town plat as laid out by Fr. Kundek.

It is easily driven, however if a walking tour is preferred, please check the map image above for a one mile walking excursion. Start at St. Ferdinand Church and along the way, visit shops and restaurants. At the end of your walk, stop at Monastery Immaculate Conception home of the Sisters of St. Benedict and tour this awe-inspiring domed church.

Sites on the tour (Numbers are listed on the Map):

  1. St. Ferdinand Catholic Church (Built in 1848): 341 East 10th Street
  2. St. Ferdinand Church Rectory (Built in 1897): 840 Maryland Street
  3. Kindergarten Building (Built 1898): Maryland Street
  4. Ferdinand National Bank (Built in 1865): 855 Maryland Street
  5. Ferdinand Olinger House (Built in 1910): 202 E 7th Street
  6. Richard Gehlhausen House (Built in 1910): 821 E 8th Street
  7. Boeckman House (Built in 1905): 811 E 5th Street
  8. Eiberg House (Built in 1870): 135 Main Street
  9. William Boeckman House (now Harvest Moon) (Built in 1906): 210 Main Street
  10. Olinger House (Built in 1906): 205 W. 3rd Street
  11. Frank Heidet & Son (Founded in 1865, structure built in 1936): 325 Main Street
  12. Barth House (now Tin Lizzie’s) (Built 1870): 430 Main Street
  13. J. Herman Beckman House (Built in 1870): Corner of 6th and Main Street
  14. Saalman-Haake House (Built in 1890): 123 W. 6th Street
  15. Goepferich House (Could be older than the community itself): 605 Missouri Street
  16. Beckman House (Built in 1900): 715 Main Street
  17. Gohman Bldg/Indiana Hotel (Built in 1860): 835 Main Street
  18. Hubert Quante Building (Built in 1897): Corner of 9th and Main Street
  19. Kundek Monument (Built in 1988 by Ferdinand Historical Society): Corner of Kundek and Main Street
  20. Beckman State Bank (now Universal Design) (Built in 1923): 910 Main & Kundek
  21. Olinger Building (now Fleig’s Café) (Built 1908): 905 Main Street
  22. Oasis (Built in 1909): 935 Main Street
  23. Weaver-Backer House (Built in 1917): 955 Main Street
  24. Dr. Alois Wollenmann House (Built in 1903): 1150 Main Street
  25. Gehlhausen House (Built in 1895): 1305 Main Street
  26. Joseph Linder House (now House of Flowers): 1325 Main Street
  27. Sonderman House (Built in 1903): 1420 Main Street
  28. Sonderman Store (now Antique Emporium) (Established 1893): 1440 Main Street
  29. Harry Gehlhausen House (The White House) (Built 1870): 2060 Pine Drive
  30. Weyer House (Built in 1905): 1415 Virginia Street
  31. Hubert Beckman House (Built in 1912): 214 W 13th Street
  32. Dr. Metzger House (Built 1910): 244 W 13th Street
  33. John Hoffman House (Built in 1865): 1225 Virginia Street
  34. Adam Jacobe House (Built in 1900): 1115 Virginia Street
  35. Frank Muller House (Built around 1915): 945 Missouri Street
  36. Ed Muller House (Built in 1916): 935 Missouri Street
  37. Peter Muller House (Built in 1865): 314 W 9th Street
  38. Leonard Muller House (Built in 1912): 123 W 9th Street
  39. Vincent Metzger House (Built in 1880): 211 E. 11th Street
  40. Chapel of our Sorrowful Mother (Built in 1877): 10th Street just south of the Monastery
  41. Monastery Immaculate Conception (Built in 1886): 802 E 10th Street

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Ferdinand, IN 47532