Thursday, August 18, 2011

Did You Know Indy Has "Catalog Houses"?

"Some Assembly Required" is a day of lectures by experts and tour of mail-order and pattern book homes in Indy taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 October in the Parish Center of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, 5333 East Washington Street, Indianapolis.

The lectures cover a variety of catalog and pattern book home manufacturers, including Sears Roebuck, Gustav Stickley, Lustron and the Architectural Guild of Indianapolis. Topics include Paul Diebold’s overview of catalog and pattern book houses, with clues to identification. Diebold is an architectural historian and author of Greater Irvington.

The tour goes inside three homes:

• Brian and Emily Mack, 59 North Hawthorne Lane -- a 1906 pattern book house from Gustav Stickley’s magazine The Craftsman

• Patrick Irby, 310 North Ridgeview Drive -- “The Osborn” model sold by Sears Roebuck

• William Gulde, 269 South Audubon Road -- a restored early 20th Century home featuring Craftsman details such as an inglenook and fieldstone porch.

It's sponsored by Indiana Landmarks and Sherwin-Williams; the cost of $45 per person includes lunch and the tour. To make a reservation, call 317:639-4534 or 800:450-4534, or email Suzanne Stanis, Indiana Landmarks’ Director of Heritage Education.

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