Glossbrenner mansion anchors revitalization project
The 1910 Glossbrenner house is part of a revitalization effort targeting the former Winona Hospital site on Indianapolis's North Meridian Street. |
Alfred Glossbrenner’s 1910 home on North Meridian Street is one of Indianapolis's most spectacular houses. The mansion sits on the corner of 32nd and Meridian streets, in a neglected block that will soon be transformed by a creative community partnership.
Indiana Landmarks received the Glossbrenner Mansion in 2010 as a gift from the Walther Cancer Foundation, which sought long-term protection for its previous headquarters. But along with the house came a big problem – a deteriorated, non-historic addition with environmental issues. In January, we demolished the addition, a move that reveals the home’s original north facade.
At the same time, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis forged a partnership with the city to redevelop the vacant Winona Hospital site next door to the Glossbrenner House and a block north of the museum. The museum also plans to build a sculpture park west of the Glossbrenner Mansion. The neighborhood recently drafted the Mid-North Quality of Life Plan, which will guide future development and revitalization in the area, including plans for new housing.
Glossbrenner was a successful publisher, making his fortune as the longtime president of Levey Brothers Printing Company. He hired English-born architect Alfred Grindle to design the Meridian Street house. The exterior includes exquisite stone carvings and leaded glass windows; the interior features hardwood floors and paneling of oak, mahogany and rare Circassian walnut.
After taking care of a few exterior repairs, Indiana Landmarks will market the property for sale with protective covenants. To learn more, contact Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services, 317-639-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.