Historic Washington Park • Meridian~Kessler
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4164 Washington Boulevard, Classical Revival, 1908

The stucco house is L-shaped with the family living quarters placed in the long wing and the service areas in the short wing of the house. The house is set back in the lot and now, as then, completely hidden from the street by a dense wood. The main façade faces south and is five large bays. The first floor of the house has five sets of French windows across the façade. The central three are double doors with transoms, and the outer two are double doors with flanking stationary windows. The three center doors access the living room, the east doors open to the study, and the west doors access the formal dining room. A deep terrace runs across the entire façade and is enclosed by a low stucco wall. In the second story above are five eight- overeight sash windows. Each is centered over the windows below. In doing this the center three are grouped together while the outer windows are centered in the remaining façade wall. The gable roof is pierced by a pair of gable dormers with small windows centered over the second and fourth bays of the house. Chimneys are placed at either end of the house with a third large chimney at the center of the roofline. Originally, the east façade had a deep covered porch across the house. The balustraded roof and supporting columns have been removed exposing a pair of French doors with transoms flanking the chimney on the first floor and corresponding French doors with wrought iron balconies above. The entrance to the house is on the north side of the house at the corner of the long arm of the ell. A single door is protected by a cantilevered door hood with decorative scroll brackets. Above is a large French window lighting the interior stairway. Centered in the second story of the short arm is a French door with a wrought iron balcony. The Indianapolis News of 28 May 1908 printed an article about the home under construction for Albert J. Beveridge, one of Indiana’s U.S. senators. The article featured the architect’s rendering of the home’s main façade and valued the completed house at $9,000. It was in the study of this home that Beveridge wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.

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