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Woodruff Place, Indianapolis

Woodruff Place
A fountain in Woodruff Place Middle Drive.
Location Indianapolis, Indiana
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 72000012 [1]
Added to NRHP July 31, 1972

Woodruff Place is a neighborhood in Indianapolis located about a mile east of Downtown Indianapolis. It was established in the 1870s as an early suburb of Indianapolis. Woodruff Place's boundaries are: 10th Street on the north, West Drive on the west, Michigan Street on the south, and Tecumseh Street on the east. This community was an independent municipality and maintained autonomy, even as the City of Indianapolis grew and expanded around the neighborhood, enclosing the community well within the city limits. Woodruff Place was incorporated in 1876 and remained an independent town until 1962 when it became one of the final municipalities to be annexed by the City of Indianapolis prior to the merger of city and county governments in 1969.

Woodruff Place is bounded on the west by the campus of Arsenal Technical High School, which opened in 1912 on the former site of the Indianapolis Arsenal, and which still uses several historic buildings from the arsenal.

Woodruff Place was once considered to be one of Indianapolis's more Victorian style homes from the late 19th century. The layout of the neighborhood is simple; three drives that run north-south (appropriately named East, West, and Middle) and a cross drive (not surprisingly, named Cross Drive). The streets are lined with magnolia and oak trees and have a central median. A fountain sits at each one of the intersections. Smaller fountains line the medians.

Woodruff Place was the inspiration behind Indianapolis native Booth Tarkington's successful novel The Magnificent Ambersons .[2][3] Artist T. C. Steele's son Brandt, a noted designer and architect in his own right, and his family were also Woodruff Place residents, living in a home designed by Brandt Steele.

Woodruff also created "Hendricks Place". In the spring of 1872 prior to Woodruff Place, Thomas A Hendricks was elected to be governor of Indiana. He sold his property to Woodruff who then created his first Victorian neighborhood "Hendricks Place". In the fall of that year, Woodruff created "Woodruff Place" but few homes were built because a depression in 1873 stopped construction in both neighborhoods for almost twenty years.

In 1972, Woodruff Place was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2001, the neighborhood was officially designated a local historic preservation district by the City of Indianapolis.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ V. F. Perkins. (August 2000). "The Magnificent Ambersons (book review)".  
  3. ^ "Historic Districts". City of  

External links

  • Woodruff Place Website
  • Woodruff Place Apartments

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