Upon receiving a Stellar Communities Award, the city of Rushville set to work deciding on what jobs needed to be tackled first. Among revitalizing downtown, Rushville’s historic parts would also be noted for preservation and fixing up. As Director of Special Projects for the City of Rushville, Brian Sheehan, explains the Durbin Hotel was one such, longstanding building that would be well cared for. Not only for the city but for Sheehan and his family as well.
“The Durbin Hotel is really at its end of life…it actually means a lot to me, as my grandfather was a traveling salesman…the reason we are in Rushville is because of the great people at the Durbin Hotel…they took great care of the salespeople that came through there. So, grandpa…when he decided to take his family out of Indianapolis and into a safer, quieter more rural environment…he chose Rushville because of the Durbin Hotel.” -Rushville’s Director of Special Projects, Brian Sheehan.
Durbin Hotel is a historic hotel building located at Rushville, Rush County, Indiana. It was built about 1855, and is a three-story, brick building with a two-story rear addition constructed in 1885. It measures 115 feet by 200 feet. It features the original central doorway with sidelights and transom and a stepped front gable facade. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It is located in the Rushville Commercial Historic District.
This interview was filmed on October 4, 2016 inside the Kennedy Room at French Lick Resort. Hosted by Taylor Bennett, this interview is also available on XFINITY On Demand.