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Indiana Landmarks Home Tour in Muncie, May 30, 2015

Indiana Landmarks Center

Indiana Landmarks Center. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks

Indiana Landmarks’ annual “Back to the Future: A Mid-Century Modern Home Tour” on May 30, 2015, will feature five standout homes on the north and west sides of Muncie, Indiana.

The homes, which were built between 1948 and 1972, exhibit classic mid-century features including open floor plans, expansive use of glass, natural materials, and integration with surrounding landscapes.

One of the five—the Graham House on Briar Avenue—remains in the original family, now owned by the son and daughter-in-law of the architect who built it for his family in 1948.

A 1972 house on the tour was designed for his family by Charles Sappenfield, the first and long-time dean of the Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Mid-century homes opening for the May 30 Back to the Future tour include:
• Benham House (1950) owned by Steve Austin, 204 North Winthrop Road
• Sursa House (1963) owned by Sandra and Eric Damian Kelly, 3410 West University Avenue
• Graham House (1948), owned by Greg and Linda Graham, 1104 North Briar Avenue
• Sappenfield House (1972), owned by Melanie Schreiner, 2322 West Berwyn Road
• Fisk House (1972), owned by James and Nancy Morris, 2307 West Norwood Drive

In the driveway of each house, an automobile of a similar vintage will be displayed by Indiana Automotive, another affinity group of Indiana Landmarks. The cars range from a 1948 Lincoln Continental to a 1973 Ford Mustang.

The home tour runs from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour.

Indiana Landmarks and its Indiana Modern affinity group, sponsors of the tour and lecture, work to protect Modernist buildings and foster appreciation for the landmarks of the era. Back to the Future tour is staged with support from Chilluffo Media and AXIS Architecture + Interiors, both of Indianapolis, and INGUARD, Muncie.

Back to the Future: A Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

Saturday, May 30, 1-6 p.m.

Five houses in Muncie. Day of tour ticket sales and shuttle service originates at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2801 West Riverside Ave.

$15 per person in advance. Buy tickets in advance at Indiana Landmarks Center and Form+Function in Indianapolis or online

$20 per person on May 30, 1-6 pm at tour headquarters, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2801 West Riverside Ave., in Muncie, and at each tour home.

Presented by Indiana Landmarks and its Indiana Modern affinity group.

For more information, call Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or visit

1904 Parry Mansion Open for Tours, June 28

Parry Mansion

Parry Mansion.
Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jen Schmits Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks

On June 28, 2014, the mansion that gave rise to the Golden Hill Historic District will open for a tour following a top-to-bottom restoration before the property goes on the market with a multi-million-dollar price tag.

Auto visionary David M. Parry built the house in 1904, one of the oldest structures in Golden Hill. Indiana Automotive Heritage, an affinity group of Indiana Landmarks, will stage the June 28 event at the 21,000-square-foot mansion restored by John and Eric Lethen of JERICO Properties.

David Parry made his fortune manufacturing carriages, owning one of the world’s largest carriage factories in the 1890s before he branched into automobiles. Beginning in 1907, he owned or was a partner or investor in companies that produced the Parry, the Overland, and the Pathfinder.

Parry called his estate Golden Hill. In 1916, his family divided the vast property into building lots and used the same name for the residential development. The Parry Mansion, 3650 Spring Hollow Road, was purchased in 1927 by William A. Atkins, an industrialist and owner of the Severin Hotel, whose family owned the property until the 1960s. Atkins altered and enlarged the house to its present size.

The vacant and neglected mansion’s fate was a concern to neighbors and Indiana Landmarks until John Lethen of Jerico Properties bought the 4.5-acre property in 2012. “John Lethen is an experienced restorer of historic homes, and we’re glad he rescued the Parry Mansion,” says Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. “He saved and repaired the original features, and at the same time he updated the kitchen, bathrooms and systems to meet the needs of modern living. For example, any cook would love to have a kitchen like one in the Parry Mansion.”

The Golden Hill Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located just south of Woodstock Club and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, just west of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. The elevated Parry Mansion site overlooks the Central Canal and White River.

Indiana Automotive Heritage hosts the exclusive tour on June 28. The self-guided tour includes all three stories of the 21,000-square-foot structure, which is filled with carved wood, marble, and stone fireplaces, beautiful woodwork, window seats, balconies, three rooftop terraces, and rooms with views through leaded-glass windows. Light refreshments will be served.

The event benefits the Indiana Automotive Heritage affinity group. Tickets to the event, held from 3 to 6 p.m., are $40 per person, with discounts for members of Indiana Automotive Heritage and Indiana Landmarks. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at or by calling Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534.

Parry Mansion Tour

3 p.m. to 6 p.m., June 28

3650 Spring Hollow Road, Indianapolis

Advance sale only: $40 per person; $25 per Indiana Automotive Heritage member; $30 per Indiana Landmarks member

Advance ticket purchase required at or by calling Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534


Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With 8 offices located throughout the state, the non-profit organization helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservationist. For more information, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit

Editor’s Acknowledgement: JTPR, Inc.

Spectacular Fall Vistas in Madison, Indiana

November 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park

By Tammy York
Visit Madison

Perfect locations to see and experience the beauty of fall abound around Madison, Indiana. Start the weekend with a cozy room at one of the many hotels or beds and breakfasts. Then leisurely spend your day walking along the riverfront taking in the beautiful scenery of the fall colors set against the backdrop of the Ohio River. To stretch your legs a little more head to nearby Clifty Falls state Park.

One of the best places in southern Indiana to see the changing fall colors is the fire tower located on Trail #1 at Clifty Falls State Park. Trail #1 is easy to access from the Clifty Falls Nature Center and is a moderate walk downhill to the fire tower. Once you have ascended the steps you are greeted by a large observation deck which offers panoramic views of Clifty Falls gorge and Ohio River area. Retrace your steps back to your vehicle or use the Clifty Falls State Park map to help you decide what trails you’d like to take next.

Another good location to see fall beauty is near Clifty Falls State Park’s North Gate. Secure your vehicle in the north parking lot, walk towards the large pavilion, and you will see Trail #7. This trail is a relatively moderate hike that includes several vistas of Little Clifty Creek as well as Clifty Falls and Little Clifty Falls. When you decide to grab a bite to eat try one of several restaurants in downtown Madison as well as plenty of cafés and sweet shops.

For more information on visiting Madison Indiana go to or call 1-800-559-2956.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2013

October 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Vevay Ghost Tour in Switzerland County in October

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Vevay Ghost Tour

Vevay Ghost Tour, Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26.

By Angie Satterfield
River Towns Rock Tour Company

“The Original” Vevay Ghost Tour and the EXCLUSIVE Ghost Hunt at the Historic Hoosier Theatre will take place this October in Vevay, Indiana.  Enter a world of hidden pasts and dark secrets, stories that will send chills down your spine as you join us for a spirited journey in historic Vevay.  Explore the eerie history, lore and some spine tingling stories as you walk around town and tour four different locations,The Switzerland County History Museum, The Historic Hoosier Theater, The Switzerland County Courthouse Basement, and The Old Jail.

The walking tours will take place on Oct. 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26.  Cost is $25 per person and tours start at 7:00 pm, rain or shine.  A portion of the ticket sales go to both the Historic Hoosier Theater and the Switzerland County Historical Society.  Also visited is the Switzerland County Courthouse Basement (hear actual EVP’s from an investigation) and the Old Vevay Jail.  Tours start and end at the Haunted Julia Knox House.

All four locations are reputed to be haunted, and several locations will also offer tour participants the opportunity to meet and hear actual experiences from those who had them.  Tour guides encourage those on the tour to bring their ghost hunting equipment, flashlights, and cameras along and take advantage of the opportunity to gain access to these places.

A new offering this year is a very limited opportunity to take part in an EXCLUSIVE Ghost Hunt at the Historic Hoosier Theatre conducted by Researchers Investigating the Paranormal (RIP).  This ghost hunt starts at 11:00 pm on October 25 at the theatre and ends at 2:00 am.  Participants will get the opportunity to learn from professionals about equipment, proper technique, processing of data, observation, and interview.  They will break out into hunts to conduct an actual ghost hunt of this historic property and the opportunity to spend the night in a location with a reputation using hands-on learning with ghost hunting equipment and technology.  The Exclusive Ghost Hunt at the Historic Hoosier Theater with RIP is $39 per person .

Tickets are available at the Julia Knox House located at 206 East Main Street in Vevay or by phone 812-427-3338. Credit Cards are accepted. Tour sizes are limited and it should be noted that prior tours have sold out quickly.