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Glossbrenner mansion anchors revitalization project

2/14/2012

 Glossbrenner house, Indianapolis
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 mdollase@indianalandmarks.org.

 


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