Historic Washington Park • Meridian~Kessler
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August 12th, 2015
Frank Hunter

The homes of Frank Hunter dominate the district with eight houses identified as his designs, though several others bear the mark of his fine residential architecture. Hunter’s career was long and varied. Born in Kentucky, he moved with his family to Indianapolis in his childhood. When he completed high school he went to work in his brother’s architectural firm, Rubush & Hunter, for about 18 months. He then worked as a draftsman in a Vincennes firm and assisted on the design of the Putnam (NR) and Huntington (NR) County Courthouses. When he returned to the city he was associated with the firm of Robert F. Daggett until 1907 when he went out on his own. In 1922 he was appointed “official architect” for the city of Indianapolis. He designed the pool for Broad Ripple Park (1920s) and the Garfield Park Pool (1929). His experience designing these pools led him to design and patent a pool called the “Hunter Seashore Pool.” His work in residential architecture is outstanding and well represented in the homes in Washington Park Historic District. The homes of George Bauer (4240 Washington Boulevard, 1917), Samuel Schooley (4165 Pennsylvania, 1910) and Gilbert Cooke (4002 Pennsylvania, 1915) are all variations of the Craftsman style and illustrate Hunter’s design adaptability to home size as well as lot size. His skill with the revival styles popular for homes in the 1920s and 1930s is well illustrated in Washington Park. The elegant Classical Revival design for the Meyer Efroymson house built in 1919 (4207 Pennsylvania) is echoed in the smaller house at 4124 Pennsylvania, built in 1920. He favored the Italian Renaissance Revival style for the homes of builder Henry Dollman (4243 Washington Boulevard, 1924) and banker Macy Mallott (4268 Washington Boulevard, 1926). The crisply detailed English Renaissance or Tudor style home of Harry Goldstein (4248 Washington Boulevard) is well contrasted to the rustic Tudor style of the McCoy House (4170 Central). Goldstein’s interior featured many of the fine lighting fixtures sold at Goldstein Brothers, his family business.

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