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Quaint, colorful, quirky, lively and charming would be just a few words to describe the Cottage Home neighborhood, in the near northeast side of downtown Indianapolis. Cottage Home takes its name from the style of houses built here between 1870 and 1900 -- frame cottages in a variety of styles, including shotgun and Queen Anne Vernacular.
Most of the cottages have unique design features such as turned posts and spindles, gingerbread trim porches, brackets and fish-scale shingles. Picket fences and flower gardens line the streets of this friendly neighborhood, which feels more like a small village out of a storybook. A diverse and friendly group of residents take great pride in the preservation and beautification of the streets and green spaces they call home.
Cottage Home is a rectangular area bounded by 10th Street, Oriental Street, Michigan Street and Interstate 70. Nestled between 76 acres of woods and the beating heart of the city, Cottage Home is the perfect area to enjoy the best of both worlds. Neighborhood gatherings, social events or a short walk to downtown Indianapolis makes this area desirable for those with varying flavors of life.
Although cottages are the prominent architectural style in this district, they don’t stand alone. Other homes, apartments and condominiums are available to residents here. One well-known exception to the rule in Cottage Home sits at 711 Dorman Street. It is worth the drive to see this brick mansion (built for Frederick Ruskaup in 1892) among the cluster of small frame cottages. Ruskaup immigrated to the United States in 1869 from Germany and had this jewel built in traditional German-American style. The Ruskaup family lived in the home until the 1950s. Only two other families have owned the home since.
Like many downtown neighborhoods, a decline was felt from the 1940s through the 1980s. However, a restoration boom came in the mid-1980s. A portion of the neighborhood was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, and in 1995 an expanded district was listed in the State Register of Historic Places. Homes have been moved to be saved from demolition, streets and bungalows have been refurbished, renovated and restored throughout the years – and are still being improved. The Cottage Home Neighborhood Association was formed in 1984 and remains as one of the city's most active neighborhood groups to this day.
Cottage Home has recently been designated as a conservation district by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. This classification is similar to a traditional historic district, but carries its own plan to conserve the distinctive character of the area – character significant to the culture, heritage, history and development of the community. City officials and caring neighborhood residents work together in Cottage Home to protect and enhance identifiable characteristics that make the area significant. One notable improvement project is the building of a new park shelter, made from recycled materials and covered with a section of the old RCA dome roof. Cottage Home District has history and charm. It is environmentally friendly as well as family friendly. Cottage Home really does have it all!
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