Saturday, July 21, 2012

Butler Tennis Match and a Lost House--1924

The tennis courts for Butler University used to sit on the southwest corner of University and Ohmer Avenues.  In this shot, taken in 1924, a member of the team prepares to return a serve.  He is facing north.  Near him, you can see 5317-19 University Avenue.  That home is still standing.  Across the street, however, like a ghostly image, you can see the former home that used to sit on the northeast corner of University and Ohmer Avenues. (5326 University Avenue)  It has been missing for at least sixty years.  The Disciples of Christ purchased the corner and removed the house to add a wing on to the College Board of Missions sometime in the 1950s.  The house appears to have been a large Queen-Anne styled home.  More research is needed to determine who dwelled in it.  Pictured in this photo is Julius Sagalowsky, who was the star player for the team in 1924.


  1. Are we the only civilized culture that regularly tears down perfectly good or restorable historic structures for what a narrow minded individual considers progress? I follow the "Stop the Demolitions" initiative on facebook and more houses are torn down every month. When I see thetse old photos, I see this isn't a new phenomenon. Imagine how Prague, Budapest or Rome would look if their cultures tollerated anyone with a sledgehammer and a dump truck to change the architectural landscape on a whim.

  2. I agree. I have thought about that fact often when I am in Europe. While I think the preservation ethic is improving in the US, it is still not where it should be. I am thankful that Irvington is now protected from the whims of those who demolish. It is much harder now to tear down our heritage although not impossible. I am most saddened when I drive into our small towns here in Indiana and watch as communities bulldoze or disfigure their history. Thanks for your points.