Sunday, May 5, 2013

Kin Hubbard Home

Cartoonist and humorist, Kin Hubbard (1868-1930), moved his family into this beautiful home at 5070 East Pleasant Run Parkway in 1907.  He had made enough money from his syndicated cartoon strip Abe Martin to build this beautiful home.  Eventually, the dwelling would vanish behind a canopy of trees and tall shrubs.  As his fortune grew, Mr. Hubbard moved out of Irvington and into a mansion along North Meridian Street.  His biographer noted that Mr. Hubbard tended to shun public appearances and radio broadcasts and he enjoyed working in his garden and being with his family.  His rube character, Abe Martin, dwelled in a fictionalized Brown County and was very popular all over the US for his folksy statements on life.  Many of those "witty" comments have not passed the test of time, but he was loved in his day. The top image shows the home shortly after its construction (c1910).  The second image, taken in 1923, shows the home with its lush landscaping. The bottom image was likely taken in the late 1920s or perhaps into the 1930s and is courtesy of Bob Alloway.  You may learn more about Kin Hubbard by clicking on the link below.  The beautiful home still stands today.

Kin Hubbard home (c1910) at 5070 East Pleasant Run Parkway

Kin Hubbard home (1923) at 5070 East Pleasant Run Parkway


Kin Hubbard home (c1930) at 5070 East Pleasant Run Parkway

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