Blessing-Malbon House
907 East Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150

Listing Description:
Nicholas Blessing had this frame home - which combines elements of the Federal and Greek Revival styles - constructed in 1848. In addition to his home, Mr. Blessing had a cooper shop located on the adjacent corner lot at 9th and Main streets. Steamboat captain Solomon Malbon and his wife, Elizabeth, purchased the home in 1853. After Capt. Malbon's riverboat days, he became active in local politics and eventually served as Mayor, from 1877-79.

By the mid-1930s, the Clark family was occupying the house. Miss Mayme Clark was the first woman appointed to the New Albany Board of Education and her sister, Nettie, was the head librarian of the New Albany Public Library from 1905-1944. During World War I, at the request of the Library War Service, the New Albany School Board allowed Miss Nettie to serve at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. She was given the responsibility for book service for the sailors on all vessels and at small training stations. The photo below, from the collection of the Indiana Room of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, shows the home around 1945.

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Building Style: Federal
Year Built: 1848

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