1898 Museum Level Victorian Staycation Experience

Entire home hosted by Bill

  1. 15 guests
  2. 4 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 2.5 baths
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
Self check-in
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Great location
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'An Executive Experience' - A once in a lifetime chance to ‘experience’ history while visiting central Indiana.

Built in 1898 by Charles Davis at the height of furniture manufacturing in Shelbyville, IN. This 4 bedroom 2.5 bath museum caliber Queen Anne Victorian masterpiece is located in the heart of Shelbyville's nationally recognized historical district.

Guests will have full private access to the property which is secured by private gated parking & externally monitored video security.

The space
See what the Wall Street Journal called a "Woodworking Masterpiece" (WSJ Mansion Section - Full page article 11/2020).

Located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis in the nationally recognized historical district of Shelbyville, IN the Charles Davis Mansion is family/veteran owned & located 5 minutes from Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. This fully restored 120+ year old Victorian Queen Anne masterpiece is now available for short term executive housing & can accommodate up to 15 overnight travelers. It is also available for select private engagements. Unlike traditional Victorian era homes, we’ve designed the Charles Davis Mansion to be an interactive experience – we encourage our guests to pick up & absorb the many antiques & collectibles in the home. Our guests have exclusive access to the property during their stay.
Contact us today to see why the Charles Davis Mansion is perfect for your next family, friend, or client event. Your guests will be mesmerized & won’t easily forget their experience!

• Short-term executive housing
• Private Engagements
• Corporate sponsored events
• 24-hour external video surveillance
• Private gated parking & access to the property
• Executive kitchen with finest commercial grade appliances to facilitate large groups
• 7,000 square feet over three floors
• Recreation/ Game Room on 3rd floor
• Half Acre gated yard with several patios & social spaces outside
• 20’ x 40’ wrap around porch for entertaining
• Stunning original woodworking craftsmanship & gas line chandeliers/sconce
• Original hand-crafted 11’ Lion Claw Dining Table (crafted locally in 1898)

The Charles Davis Mansion was built in 1898 by Charles Davis, furniture manufacturing giant & President of the Davis-Birely Table Company. During the late 1800’s & early 1900’s Shelbyville Indiana’s nationally recognized historical district began to take shape. In the early 1900’s Shelbyville boasted over 20 furniture manufacturers & The Davis-Birely Table Company became known internationally & was recognized as the world’s largest exclusive manufacturer of Library & Parlor tables at the time. After Charles Davis’ untimely death in 1911 the home became the family compound in the 1920’s for Brigadier General DW Deprez, Commanding Officer 76th Infantry Brigade, until the late 1960’s.

No expense was spared in 1898 by Charles Davis when building his family’s estate. He leveraged his expansive furniture manufacturing resources & the finest master craftsman of the time to create one of the most beautiful Queen Anne homes of the late 1890’s. Mr. Davis traveled to South America to personally hand pick each piece of mahogany that was then shipped back to his factory in Shelbyville, IN & finished for use in the construction of the home. Massive 7.5’ Mahogany inlaid Pocket Doors line each side of the main entry hall of the property providing a breathtaking opulent feel as you enter the property from the 20’x40’ wrap around Victorian porch. Stunning Green Onyx slabs were imported from Russia in 1898 & ultimately used in the construction of one of the original 7 fireplaces in the home. The 20+’ original hand-crafted formal dining room table still resides in the home & has been entertaining families for generations.
Brought back to life & fully restored over the past decade the Charles Davis Mansion has been 120+ years in the making. Our mission is to bring awareness to its historical significance, ensure long term sustainable preservation, & to share this amazing property with those that have the same passion for history as part of our 2020 ‘Executive Experience’. The Charles Davis Mansion provides the perfect mix of Victorian charm with today’s modern amenities. The stunning newly remodeled Executive Kitchen provides all of the resources you’ll need to accommodate small or large groups & the Butler’s Pantry provides additional space for various catering options.

Just 20 minutes south of Indianapolis in Historic Shelbyville, IN, the Charles Davis Mansion provides a truly unique & versatile option for today’s traveling business executive, family or client gathering, or just a weekend getaway to Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. If you have a passion for excellence & want to provide your guests with a once in a lifetime opportunity to live & breath over a 120 years of history - contact us today. We pride ourselves on tailoring each individual experience to suite the needs of our guests & look forward to sharing this amazing property with you.
The Charles Davis Mansion is family & veteran owned/operated. We are a ‘Visit Indy’ Partner & have welcomed guests from all walks of life & from all around the world maintaining a 5 of 5 Star Rating.

Help our continued preservation efforts - You can follow our ongoing preservation efforts on FBook & Instgram @charlesdavis1898 or watch one of our Charles Davis Mansion video tours on YouTube.

We look forward to helping you create memories that will last a lifetime!

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What this place offers

Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV with Roku
Central air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Shelbyville, Indiana, United States

Nestled in the heart of Shelbyville's historical district the property is a block from the center of town which boasts antique shops, coffee shops, bakery & dining.

Hosted by Bill

  1. Joined in February 2019
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A love of history & antiques led to a chance meeting with the previous owner. After respect for the house was earned we were given the once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase this property as our forever home.
With two daughters in college & one entering high school if anything we were looking to downsize. After much debate we agreed to go all in & follow our dream.
We're both working professionals in Indianapolis & take great pride in giving back to the community. My wife coaches a competitive jump rope team in Avon, IN & is has traveled internationally with several programs. As a Marine Corp veteran I take great pride in volunteering with Indy Honor Flight along with being an active Big Brother mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program here in Indianapolis. We love a challenge & both strive for excellence in everything we do.
Since we're not able to make this our forever home quite yet it gives us the unique opportunity to make the property available to the public. We're honored to have the opportunity to share this stunning property with the community & those visiting central Indiana. This is short term executive housing at its finest - the property will definitely leave you speechless & provide an unforgettable experience for 1 or a large group.

If you have a specific need or want additional information on hosting a private event at the property please don't hesitate to inquire. We have a lot planned for the property in the coming years & something has to pay the bills!

You can monitor our progress, learn about the history of the property & join us on this adventure - Follow us on (Hidden by Airbnb) :
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We look forward to having you as our private guest.
A love of history & antiques led to a chance meeting with the previous owner. After respect for the house was earned we were given the once in a lifetime opportunity to purchas…


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During your stay

We're typically only available during the evening &/or weekends as we both have professional careers. We'll do our best to be available when requested by our guests. If your party would like a private tour with deep insight into the history of the home & surrounding area(s) feel free to let us know - we'd love to share! Some bookings may require meeting with us when you arrive. 317-902-8104
We're typically only available during the evening &/or weekends as we both have professional careers. We'll do our best to be available when requested by our guests. If your party…
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Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with smart lock
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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