It’s funny how some places retain legendary status regardless of time. (I learned that first hand when I stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria a couple of years ago, but that’s a WTH for another day.) I’d heard so much about the lavish and exclusive of Golden Hill that I wasn’t sure I would be allowed past the neighborhood’s threshold without being specially anointed. This, however, was not the case. The people were friendly and welcoming (ok, the police car in front of one home was slightly off-putting, particularly considering the median age of attendee) and the houses were for the...Read More
Month: September 2010
Indiana Landmarks President, Marsh Davis If you are reading this, you are surely aware of the indefatigable and stellar work of Indiana Landmarks. Formerly known as Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Indiana’s statewide preservation organization, is in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary, as work on the old Central Avenue United Methodist Church—now Indiana Landmarks Center—races towards a spring 2011 grand opening. We all wait in breathless anticipation for the final reveal of what will surely come to be known as the crown jewel of Indianapolis. Marsh Davis, President of Indiana Landmarks, was an early proponent of the...Read More
I chanced upon “The Passing of the Front Porch,” by Dwight Boyer, in Cleveland Plain Dealer Pictorial Magazine, dated February 27, 1955 at a recent flea market outing. Under the photo of a few large Victorian homes in a row, the description reads: “The passing scene. These were—and still are—fine houses, but they belong to an architectural era forever past. The cost of homes like these, with front porches, gingerbread trim and dormer windows would be out of reach today. This street scene happens to be in Lakewood, but similar houses are scattered all over.” These houses are indeed...Read More
Check out a few photos of 1928 Delaware as it has been beautifully rehabbed by John Richardson. If every home had someone capable of such a loving and faithful restoration, what a beautiful place this neighborhood would be. Richardson is no stranger to restorations–he has been doing them for years. This is his fourth one in Herron-Morton Place, alone. His attention to detail and exquisite taste guide him in rehabbing and furnishing old homes in a way that is deeply respectful and replete with fascinating details, tasteful arrangements, sentimental family favorites and colorful collections. No detail is overlooked and...Read More
1928 N. Delaware St. before renovation Who doesn’t love learning about a home’s past and its former inhabitants. Usually the journey starts with someone wanting an “original” photograph of their house as it was when it was new. And that can be a tall order. Some mistakenly think there is some repository of old photos at the Historical Society or library where they may ask some nice clerk to retrieve the file on 123 Memory Lane. Sorry to say, that isn’t the case. Finding old photos and information on houses can take years of diligent searching. Why years? There are so...Read More
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