One of the things I really like about being an Indianapolis real estate agent is seeing some great design, and Indy has a lot of historic homes with great architecture and it’s time to show some of it off. I am by no means an expert in architecture, my goal in this series is to help develop my own interests in design.
The style I want to feature today is one that is really hard to find in Indy homes. There are several churches across the city built in the Gothic style, but I only know of 2 houses in all of Marion County. One of the things I find fascinating is how the styles of Architecture change over time and how you can often date a home by the architecture. Gothic homes were only popular in Indiana until the mid 1880’s.
The first example is on the edge of Herron Morton, it’s a Carpenter Gothic that features vertical board and batten wooden siding, pointed arches and incised wood trim. This one was built in 1870, and would have been directly across the street from the State Fair before it was moved to it’s current location.
The only other Gothic home left standing in Marion County that I’m aware of is in Decatur Township. Indiana Landmarks saved it from being demolished in 1997 and moved it from it’s original 1872 location.
When I think of public Gothic Revival buildings, I first think of the Gothic Chapel at Crown Hill Cemetery, so I’ll end this post with a few pictures of it. By the way, the Gothic Chapel was completed in 1875.