Several churches formed early in Irvington. The Downey Avenue Christian Church was associated with Butler University as both institutions were of the Disciples of Christ denomination. Numerous prominent members of the neighborhood belonged to this church including newspaper publisher Hilton U. Brown.
The 1936 photo (top) shows the 1893 structure. It was torn down in 1952 to make way for the current building. Next to the church you will see the educational facility (1914) which you will note was still standing in the 1970 aerial photo, although it has since been demolished.
The house to the south of the of the school at 129 Downey Avenue belonged to Walter H. and Marjorie Montgomery in 1936. Mr. Montgomery was president of Crown Laundry and Dry Cleaning. The house has been changed since 1936 including the roofline and porch. (third photo)
The two houses east of the church at 5433 and 5437 belonged to Frank and Grace Neucomer and Mary A. Johnson in 1936. I have included what these homes look like in 2011.