Friday, December 31, 2010

Lost Irvington--5657 E. Washington St.

The Carr Home, constructed in 1900, stood for 45 years before crews demolished it for commercial buildings along East Washington Street. To see a photo of the home before its demise, see my previous post. Numerous prominent people lived here besides the Carrs, including: Calvin Kendall, the superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools; the Shank sisters, the cousins to Mayor Samuel L. Shank; and Adelaide Conte, a local music teacher, who operated a school here and previously at 269 South Audubon Road. Joel Marmon, contractor, built the original house. This article came from the Indianapolis Star and is dated October 28, 1945.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lost Irvington

This beautiful home used to stand at 5657 E. Washington Street. The Carr family lived here in the early twentieth century. By 1924 it was the home to the Butler University sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. Adelaide Conte also rented the home for her school named the Irvington School of Music.  You may learn more about her by clicking on the link below.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Irvington Ice & Coal

Located at 412 South Ritter Avenue next to the Baltimore and Ohio RR, Irvington Ice and Coal served the neighborhood for years. Most homes had a coal bin in the basement for heating their homes and had the coal delivered. As iceboxes became popular, Irvington residents placed a placard in the window as to how much ice they needed that week. Pictured is a coupon book used by an Irvington resident. I have also included a photo of my ice box. The ice would be placed behind the large door on the left. Vegetables and fruits would go on the right while milks and cremes would be placed just below the block of ice. Water would drain into a pan below the box and have to be emptied as the ice melted.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Butler University in Winter of 1921

This beautiful view depicts Butler's Irvington campus in 1921. You will see the stone "summer house" in the foreground. This became a meeting place for many coeds over the years. None of this scene remains in 2010.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Irvington Wedding

Irvington was a beautiful site to host a wedding in 1935. This handsome couple, Edgar Baum and Margaret Scott had their picture taken at the Scott home at 5435 Pleasant Run Parkway. This photo is courtesy of Margaret Scott Baum.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day in Irvington--1926

Although the quality of this photo is not great, it is interesting to view an Irvington Christmas tree from 1926. The tree is small and is sitting on a table in the Scott Home at 5435 Pleasant Run Parkway Drive. Happy Holidays to all who are reading this blog. This photo is courtesy of Martha Scott Baum.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Parlor in Irvington

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Scott enjoy a quiet evening next to their fireplace during the winter of 1926. The Scotts dwelled at 5435 Pleasant Run Parkway in Irvington. You may see an exterior shot of the home in a previous post. This photo is courtesy of Martha Scott Baum.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas gift--Irvington

Marty Book Powell sits next to the Christmas tree in her family's apartment on December 25, 1932. The Books lived at 5901 E. Washington Street, Apartment 3--in the Arlington Court. This photo is courtesy of Marty Book Powell.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Guy Shadinger

Butler University chemistry professor Guy Shadinger dwelled at 5543 University Avenue in the 1920s. In 1925, the female students on campus voted him as the "most handsome professor" at the college. You may see a photo of his home in the previous post.

Barnard Home Then and Now

Harry and Marion Barnard moved into 5543 University Avenue about 1908. Mr. Barnard was the food and drug commissioner for the state of Indiana and he frequently made the news for closing down bakeries or other unsanitary food establishments. Mrs. Barnard was an active suffragette and clubwoman in Irvington. She corresponded with her sister, a dentist, in New Hampshire regularly. These letters are now on file in the Indiana Historical Society. Numerous other families and individuals have lived in this home including Guy Shadinger. Dr. Shadinger was a chemistry professor at Butler University and in 1925 he was named the most handsome professor on campus. (See next post)

The older photo of the home was taken in 1925. The newer photo of 5543 was shot in 2010.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Then and Now-- University Avenue Home

Built around 1910, this large home at 5452 University Avenue served as the Pi Beta Phi Sorority House in the 1920s. It looks largely the same today except the wood siding is now covered in aluminum. The older photo was shot in 1925 and the newer one in 2010.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Then and Now

Carrie Baus, the widow of Louis D. Baus dwelled in this home at 5536 University Avenue in 1910. It was likely built just a few years earlier. By the 1920s the house hosted the Tau Kappa Tau Fraternity for Butler. The older photo was taken in 1925 and the newer one in 2010. You will note that the porch has been changed and that the house is now covered in aluminum siding. The dwelling is one of many American Four Squares located within Irvington.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

South Audubon Home Then and Now

This beautiful home has been located at 307 South Audubon Road since 1908. Many people have dwelled in this house including the Buddenbaum family who lived here after it was first built. Mr. Buddenbaum ran a lumber company in Indianapolis. In the 1920s it served as a the Sigma Delta Sorority House for Butler University. The older photo in this post was taken in 1925 and the newer photo was shot in 2010. The porch is the only significant change to this century-old house.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hilton U. Brown

Newspaper publisher Hilton U. Brown (1859-1958) dwelled in a mansion clad in stone on the southwest corner of East Washington Street and Emerson Avenue. Irvington children by the dozens flocked to the property on snowy days for sledding down "Brown's Hill." Besides his involvement with the Indianapolis News, the veteran journalist also served as a Butler University trustee for many years. The Browns tragically lost one of their sons during World War I and donated a plot of land in his memory across the street from the house. That small park is now called Brown's Corner. This photo shows Mr. Brown hard at work in 1925.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hackleman Sisters

Helen and Margaret Hackleman, shown here around 1910, remained close throughout their lives. As adults they lived next to each other. One sister dwelled at 28 North Ritter while the other lived at 34 North Ritter. A well worn path connected their backdoors.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bowsher Family

The Bowshers dwelled at 340 Whittier Place. This photo was likely taken around 1935. The porch and home looks much as it did when the picture was snapped. This photo is courtesy of Roberta Quandt.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Irvington Girl and Dog

Martha Scott poses with her dog "Drug" in 1925. She dwelled at 5435 Pleasant Run Parkway with her parents. Behind her in this photo you can see the parkway as well as a house that used to sit in Ellenberger Park near Ritter Avenue. Local lore has it that the house was moved to Michigan Street and still stands today. I will post a photo of that house later and let you decide if they are one and the same. This photo is courtesy of Martha Scott Baum.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Irvington Pastry Shop

The Book Family, shown here in 1940, enter the Irvington Pastry Shop located at 5630 East Washington Street. The Tudor Revival "strip mall" has been in Irvington since the 1920s and has hosted a variety of businesses and even a robbery by John Dillinger in the 1930s. In 2010, the "Help My Mac" Store occupies the same address. This photo is courtesy of Marty Book Powell.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Arlington Court Apartments

Built in the American Four-Square style, the Arlington Court Apartments are located in the 5900 block of East Washington Street near Arlington Avenue. This photo shows the Book sisters in the courtyard of the complex in 1932. Courtesy of Marty Book Powell

Monday, December 6, 2010

Irvington Pets

Beagles Patsy and Prince Pat enjoy the good life at 25 South Irvington Avenue in 1953. There are several features that I enjoy in these photos including the wonderful sink and stove, and that cool linoleum floor. This photo is courtesy of Marty Book Powell.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Marty Book Powell

Congratulations to Marty Book Powell for receiving the Hilton U. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irvington Historical Society. Ms. Powell is a life long resident of the neighborhood and was instrumental in setting up the Irvington Community Council in the 1970s. Here she is in 1949 standing near 5451 Julian Avenue. This photo is courtesy of Marty Book Powell.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ellenberger Park

The Ellenberger family dwelled in a large Italianate farmhouse on what is today East 10th Street. The family was one of the wealthier families in Warren Township and they became even richer when they sold several acres to the city for a park in the early twentieth century. Besides a beautiful woods, the property also contained a farmhouse (not the Ellenberger house) and some outbuildings. This photo taken on a beautiful winter day in 1922 shows one of the outbuildings along Pleasant Run Parkway. The house faced Ritter Avenue and was south of the stream.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hackleman Brothers Part Two

Charles Hackleman dwelled at 28 North Ritter Avenue before moving into his newly constructed home at 34 N. Ritter. This photo taken around 1904 shows all of the Hackleman brothers visiting at 28 N. Ritter. Charles is located at the far left. The house looks similar today except that the bay window above the brothers was removed in the 1990s. The wonderful leaded glass window and the clapboard siding are still nice features of the home in 2010. This photo is courtesy of Dennis and Sharron McKnight.