Monday, April 27, 2009

Cool Indianapolis Neighborhoods- Woodruff Place



A cobblestone alley:


Stand on Cross Street and you can see all 3 fountains:






Our postcards of the neighborhood. The only one that has a date we can make out shows it was sent on 12/31/1909. The message is from a girl who "had the misfortune to lose my muff either at the Interurban Station on the car between there and Bunker Hill". She telephoned the interurban station in Peru and wrote to the company at the Indianapolis Terminal Station. She was also planning on sending an ad to the "Star" the day she wrote the postcard.



We are just unabashed about our love for Woodruff Place and all of the people who own and take care of these grand old houses. What excites us about a place is when we can look at a picture of it from a century ago and still recognize it now. We love that sense of history and Woodruff Place neighborhood has it big time. After all it was the inspiration for the setting of Booth Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons. We had a lovely Sunday morning stroll through Middle Drive, East Drive, and West Drive; it was so quiet and peaceful. There were just busy squirrels and residents on their enviable porches enjoying the Sunday paper. We read in this article that, at one point in the early 1800s-late 1900s to keep their enclave separate from the sprawling city, the residents built a dry moat and a high wall that the locals called a "spite wall". The suburbs have their McMansions, Meridian Street has its austere homes, but Woodruff Place has soul.

2 comments:

Kevin said...

Great stuff. It has really improved in the past 10 years. Love the tale about the interurban...

mheidelberger said...

I have a 'Then and Now' themed book about Indianapolis, and when I look at it, Woodruff Place is definitely one of the most well preserved neighborhoods around. The nearby Cottage Home neighborhood is also decently preserved as well...