J. Thompson Layman, who might be the gentleman seen resting on the porch of 5731 East Washington Street, helped to run the family hardware business. His parents dwelled in the large villa where he grew up around the corner on South Audubon Road. Mrs. Carra Layman, an active clubwoman, helped to raise the couple's two daughters, Marion and Isabelle in the home. Note the tall maple shading the house and the proper hedge in front. The front porch gable also appears to have some ornamental bas relief on it as well. Next door at 5723 East Washington Street dwelled, George and Anna Buck with their two sons. Mr. Buck was the principal of Shortridge High School from 1910 until 1940. Numerous graduates of that famed school went on to prominence including Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (class of 1940). If you look closely, you can see stained glass windows on the east side of the home.
The Layman family developed the Audubon Court Apartments in 1914, the first such development in Irvington. Many others would build apartments along the street necessitating the removal of even more older homes. Both of the houses pictured were gone by the 1950s. The historic image is courtesy of Isabelle Layman Troyer.
|5731 and 5723 East Washington Street c1930|