The Thomas Askren House stands at the end of a long, snowy, wooded drive.  photo Рwikipedia

I have to admit, I am guilty of being too downtown-centric when it comes to thinking about Indianapolis’ historic buildings. Simply because there is a higher concentration of old buildings doesn’t make the rest of the county any less worthy of recognition, it simply requires a bit more effort to scope out the hidden gems that rest far from Monument Circle. On Indy’s eastside, where Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive ends at East 16th Street, one such hidden gem sits at the end of a long, tree lined drive. While Indy’s oldest surviving house (the James Ray-Buscher House) sits, twice relocated, in Lockerbie Square, the second oldest, the Thomas Askren House, still stands in its original location via a combination of craftsmanship and luck.