Day-Kenny House
800 East Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150

Listing Description:
Anthony T. Day purchased this lot in August 1908 from Newton DePauw, at the cost of $1500, and appears to have had the home constructed the following year. Mr. DePauw, son of the late industrialist and philanthropist Washington C. DePauw, owned all of the property from 714 East Main Street to East 9th. The house was designed by New Albany architect Arthur R. Smith, and built by local contractor Walter Weissinger at a cost of $3353.
Mr. Day was president of the Day Leather Company, located at East 4th and Oak streets in downtown New Albany. He and his wife Elizabeth are listed as living here in the 1909 New Albany City Directory.

In 1910, the Days’ daughter Nell married New Albany native, C. Elbert “Blue Bert” Kenney in the home. They had a daughter, Juel Day Kenney, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1919. Mr. Kenney was a vaudeville and minstrel star who delighted thousands of theater-goers throughout the nation. After retiring from acting, he entered the radio industry and became a feature on WHAS radio.
Anthony died in June 1922 at the age of 75, and Elizabeth remained in the home until she expired less than a year later. Mrs. Kenney, along with her daughter, had come to live in the house with her parents after her divorce from “Bert.” Nell lived the remainder of her life here and passed in March 1974.
Nell’s daughter Juel had married New Albany native and Hollywood writer Ray Allen in the early 1940s. Mr. Allen not only wrote for such Hollywood greats as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, but also worked in New York with early TV personalities Jackie Gleason, Jan Murray and Red Buttons. He also wrote the first Tonight Show for Jerry Lester. Ray and Juel’s marriage ended in 1962 and Mrs. Allen moved back to New Albany and into her mother’s home. Juel died at 74 years of age in June 1986, ending over 75 years of residency by the Day-Kenney-Allen family.

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Additional Information:
Building Style: Queen Anne
Year Built: 1909

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