A Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street, Dec. 28
By Kaylee Showers
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Join the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site on Friday, December 28, 2012, as we host our annual winter event, “A Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street.” This progressive walking tour takes guests inside four majestic mansions along historic North Delaware Street in Indianapolis, where they will enjoy fine food, beverages and music.
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 North Delaware Street
The first stop of the evening is the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, located at 1230 North Delaware Street, where guests will enjoy a tour of the home and hors d’oeuvres. As a successful attorney, Benjamin Harrison purchased a double lot on the west side of Delaware Street in May 1868. In 1874, he and wife Caroline began construction of their 16-room Italianate style house, a carriage house, brick drive and landscaping.
Making the holidays special, Harrison was the first President to decorate a Christmas tree in the White House. A replica of the first evergreen tree to grace the White House is displayed at the Harrison Home, decorated with wooden soldiers, hand-blown glass figures, candles and cotton batting. Guests to the event will enjoy the home’s decorations featuring Victorian holiday ornaments, including feather trees and Harrison family toys.
The University Club, 970 North Delaware Street
Dinner at the University Club will be the next stop on the tour. Guests will dine on pork crown roast with port sauce, accompanied by oven browned golden new potatoes and asparagus with red peppers. A vegetarian option is available by request. The University Club is a private club of which Benjamin Harrison was the first club president.
Bals-Wocher House, 951 North Delaware Street
The third stop on the tour is the Cline Farrell Christie and Lee Law Firm located at the historic Bals-Wocher Home. Guests will be treated to a guided tour and history of this revitalized mansion, bedecked with beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the home. The Bals-Wocher Home was built in 1869, by Charles H.G. Bals, and is considered one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in Indianapolis.
New Fishback House, 1101 North Delaware Street
The final home on the tour is that of William P. Fishback, law partner of Benjamin Harrison. Guests will be treated to dessert, coffee and a tour of this fine home. The house has undergone extensive renovation by the new owners, 11th and Delaware Partners, Inc. Great care has been taken to restore the original character of the home, while adapting the space for offices, business meetings, and special events. Interior architectural elements include original woodwork mantels, leaded and stained glass windows, and a walnut staircase.
Reservations are required for “A Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street” and space is limited. Tickets are $75 per person, $70 for BHPS members and may be purchased online or by phone. For more information, visit www.pbhsite.org or call 317-631-1888.