A Room with a View – Eden-Talbott House

Written by on January 22, 2013 in A Room with a View - 3 Comments
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Sweet buttery biscuits, it’s cold outside. Scraping away an iced up window from a Delaware Street apartment building revealed the Eden-Talbott House, now home to a local law firm.

Just north of 13th on North Delaware Street, the Eden-Talbott was built in two phases. The rear of the house, with the rounded arched windows, was built in 1871 by real estate dealer Aaron Kauffman. Seven years later, Charlton Eden, owner of a planting mill also on Delaware Street, constructed a more elaborate front onto the property. From the current owner’s website:

The new front portion was built in the Italianate and Second Empire styles.  The house features a central tower with a carved stone balcony on the second story. Elaborate limestone moldings flank the tower and decorate the many large windows.  The 800-piece staircase newel post was displayed at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876.  Black walnut, now scarce in Indiana, was used extensively in the ornate arches and carved lions’ heads found throughout the home.  Eden’s company had constructed similar woodwork in the nearby Benjamin Harrison home three years before.

Around 1903, Henry Morrison Talbott, a partner in the firm that managed theaters and opera houses within Indianapolis– including the circle’s English Opera House, lived in the house until his death in 1929. After his death, the house changed hands a number of times, housing the International Order of Oddfellows and more recently the National Federation of Music Clubs until the Eden-Talbott was renovated and occupied by a law firm in 2009.

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About the Author

Ryan Hamlett, a Fine Arts graduate of Indiana University, turned a teenage fascination with exploring "haunted places" into a love of Urban Exploration or sneaking (not breaking) into abandoned buildings, armed with a camera and flashlight. That passion for photographing urban decay has led him to the Historic Preservation Graduate Program at Ball State University which he'll begin this fall.

3 Comments on "A Room with a View – Eden-Talbott House"

  1. Norm Morford January 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm · Reply

    I worked for the U.S. Census in its local operation here in Indianapolis in 2009 and 2010. In 2009 the task was to be sure we had all of the addresses in the computer. It so happened that I was working the block in which that house sat. I walked up to the front door which was standing open. I went on in and went all the way to the rear and found no one there — apparently work was being done to remodel the house and the workers had gone away, leaving the doors standing open. It was obvious that no one was living in the house at that time, which served our purpose, but I did note its more recent use by the Music Clubs of America.

  2. basil berchekas jr January 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm · Reply

    Must continue to follow this blog…

  3. Colin Connor January 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm · Reply

    That’s my law firm! Thanks for the great photograph and write-up on the beautiful building. Our firm has two other historic homes that serves as our offices at 14th & Delaware.

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