2010 Home, Garden, and Auto Tour

Video of the 2010 Home, Garden, and Auto Tour.  Copyright 2010 Phil Yunker, Yunker videoproductionservices. Posted with permission.

Photographs of the 2010 Home, Garden, and Auto Tour.  Copyright 2010 Gretchen A. Turner.  Posted with permission.

Historic Meridian Park, one of Indianapolis’ pre-eminent early 20th century neighborhoods, offered a rare glimpse inside a number of its beautifully maintained and restored homes, as well as some of its  gorgeous porches, gardens. and antique cars, during the 2010 Tour of  Homes on June 26 and 27 from noon to 5:00 PM.

Located within Mapleton Fall Creek, Historic  Meridian Park is  bounded by Pennsylvania St. and Washington Blvd. from 30th to  34th streets.  Tour organizers looked forward  to sharing the splendor of their near north side community with the  public for the first time since 2006.  In particular, they were excited to shine the spotlight on the front porches in their neighborhood which  is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“We decided on ‘Front Porches: Reflecting and Connecting’ as our  theme because our porches illustrate not just the beauty of our  neighborhood, but also utility and social connection,” said Cassie  Mehlman-Rhys, chair of the 2010 Tour of Homes.  “Just as a kitchen  serves as a gathering place within a home, a front porch serves as the  same kind of place for a neighborhood.  I’ve met many of my neighbors,  and made many friends, by simply sitting on my front porch and greeting  people as they come and go.”

Tour attendees were invited to stop and take a breather at  “welcoming porches” between their visits to houses.  Antique cars were on display in the 3200 block of Pennsylvania St. and food and drinks were available for purchase on Washington Ct.

Also of note for 2010, six of the tour homes had been restored to  their former glory after being gutted down to the studs.  But you’d  never know it with the attention to historic detail that has been  preserved.  One home currently in the beginning stages of major renovations will  be opening its doors to tour goers.

“We want to showcase the sometimes long and difficult work that goes  into maintaining and restoring homes that are more than 100 years old,”  Mehlman-Rhys added.  “Seeing a renovation project in progress is often  inspiring.”

Among Indianapolis’ first suburbs, Historic Meridian Park is best  known  for its Arts & Crafts architecture, including Mission-,   American Four-Square-, and Prairie-style homes; but it also features outstanding examples of Tudor, Dutch Colonial Revival, Italian Villa and French Eclectic styles.  All of the buildings in the area reflect the use of natural materials such as brick, stucco, wood siding, and tile, and they emphasize visible structural elements such as beams and large   overhangs.

Profits from the 2010 Tour of Homes benefit neighborhood beautification and ongoing neighborhood projects.

The following homes and gardens (listed with their owners and notes) were featured:

  • 201 Washington Ct.; Jerry Johnson; American Foursquare
  • 215 Washington Ct.; Annie Owen and David Bartley; Garden oasis on  unique Washington Ct.
  • 3015 Pennsylvania St., Apt. 12 Esplanade; John Carmer; Three-story    apartment in Historic Esplanade Apartments
  • 3054 Pennsylvania St.; State Sen. Tom Wyss; Daughter and son-in-law   renovated this home plus several others in neighborhood
  • 3128 Pennsylvania St.; Ken Keene; Legendary “Tuckaway” (Sunday only)
  • 3064 Delaware St.; Sharon Gamble, managing director for the Phoenix   Theatre and host of WFYI’s “The Art of the Matter”; Gardens featuring a   dozen varieties of hydrangea
  • 3157 Delaware St.; Jeff and Stacy Patrick; Gardens grown from  scratch
  • 3210 Washington Blvd.; Hope Tribble; Modern decor
  • 3363 Washington Blvd.; Jess LaNore; Previously a duplex, now under   renovation
  • 3444 Washington Blvd.; City-Co. Councilor Jackie Nytes, executive   director of Mapleton Fall Creek CDC, and Michael O’Brien; Formerly   housed a business
  • 55 E. 32nd St.; Ben Solomon; Antique decor
  • 3243 N. Meridian St.; Trinity Episcopal Church; English-style  garden