Thursday, February 3, 2011

209 Downey Avenue--Then and Now

This beautiful Queen Anne-styled home located at 209 Downey Avenue has graced Irvington for well over a century. In the early twentieth century, the Johnson family lived here. The 1910 city directory lists Albert Johnson as a banker and Arthur A. Johnson (perhaps a son) as a civil engineer. Dozens of families have dwelled in this house. In the 1920s it served as the Sigma Chi Fraternity house for Butler University.

The historic image shows the house in 1924. Since it was a Butler fraternity, many other photos exist of the house. The bottom photo was taken in the winter of 2011. As you can see, the home has been beautifully restored.

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