Saturday, January 29, 2011

Julian-Layman Home--Lost Irvington

This beautiful Second Empire-styled villa used to stand at 29 South Audubon Road. Jacob Julian, a founder of Irvington, likely commissioned architect Isaac Taylor to build the house in 1870. Across the street, Sylvester Johnson employed Taylor to build a nearly identical home at 26 South Audubon Road. In 1887, James Townsend Layman purchased the Julian Home. Layman ran a successful wholesale business south of downtown Indianapolis called the Layman, Carey & Company. Members of the Layman family would own the property until 1952. In the 1950s, a developer demolished the historic mansion and built the Saxony Apartment Complex. This image is courtesy of Isabelle Layman Troyer.

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