Date(s) - 09/16/2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Historic Benton House
The Benton House Association proudly presents its annual Benton House Tour of Homes on Sunday, September 16th from 12 pm to 5pm. Celebrating its 45th year this year’s tour features many historical homes and landmarks, showcasing the rich history and architectural diversity of the Irvington community.
The theme of the tour this year is “Old Retold”; the stops on this year’s tour have a long and storied history and the current occupants are looking forward to ‘retelling’ their story for current and future generations.
The 2018 tour stops are as follows:
The Historic Benton House, 312 South Downey Avenue
Built in 1873, the Benton House was once home of Butler University president Dr. Allen R. Benton. Be sure to stop by the Benton House to take a tour of this magnificent piece of Indianapolis history. We will also be featuring the Grove Japanese Imports classy car show on the Benton House grounds as well as featuring live music by several area bands. If you are hungry Dogs To Go and Gordon’s Ice Cream will be on site to satisfy your taste buds.
5335 Ohmer Avenue
Home of Melanie Roberts and Sarah Everett
303 North Irvington Avenue
Home of Molly and Chris Wilson
222 S. Downey Ave
Historic Irvington Flats Apartments
Bona Thompson Memorial Center
5350 University Avenue
The former library of the Butler University campus during its time in Irvington; now home to the Irvington Historical Society. Stop by and check out the wonderful museum space and exhibits; the museum’s permanent exhibits on the West Baden Angels and International Harvester will be available for viewing.
5802 South Brookville Road
Home of Bryan Greenfarb and Dianna Leigh
Home of Alberto and Jo Belmont
317 North Riley Avenue
Home of Steve and Pat Lewis
1221 North Hawthorne Lane
Home of Ariel Ream and Todd Capouch
5602 East 10th Street (Ellenberger Farmhouse)
Please park on North Layman Street
306 North Irvington Avenue
Home of the Schwarb Family
5435 East Washington Street
George W. Julian School (IPS School 57)
Please park in lot off of Ritter Avenue
We also want to remind everyone to stop by and visit the other sites under the care of Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation:
Kile Oak, 5939 East Beechwood Avenue
Enjoy this magnificent work of nature; it is one of the oldest Burr Oak trees in the State of Indiana.
Wilson Parker Pioneer Cemetery, 5120 Julian Avenue
Stop by and visit the burial sites of some of Irvington’s earliest residents.
Join us for the 45th Benton House Tour of Home – the longest consecutively running home tour in the city of Indianapolis!
Tickets can be purchased online via EventBrite and are also available for purchase at the following Irvington businesses:
Black Sheep Gifts (cash or check only)
Hampton Design Studios (cash or check only)
Central Ace Hardware (cash, check or charge)
Tickets are $12 in advance of the tour and $15 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at any of the tour stops on the day of the tour. Those buying their ticket on the day of the tour can pay with credit card at the Benton House.
The annual Benton House Tour of Homes is the biggest fundraiser for the Historic Benton House. All proceeds from the tour will go directly towards the upkeep and maintenance of the house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Proceeds from past tours have gone towards permanent signage in the front yard, a new slate roof, gutters and downspouts, new event chairs, landscaping, and foundation repairs, just to name a few. We appreciate your support for this important event.
We would like to thank the corporate sponsors of this year’s tour. It would not be possible without their support. Please let them know you much you appreciate them by frequenting them often!
Irvington Community Council
Bona Thompson Level:
Central Ace Hardware
KEMBA Credit Union
The Legend Classic Irvington Cafe
Snips Salon & Spa
Wilson Parker Level:
Coal Yard Coffee
Indy Inspection Service, Inc.
Irvington Landlords Group
Maria Matters Attorney at Law
Mundell & Associates
Oakley Hammond Funeral Home
Walker & Associates Insurance
Kile Oak Level:
Arbuckle & Sons Landscaping
Edward Jones – Ryan Thomas
Ixca Mexican Kitchen
Terry Melvin – RE/MAX Ability Plus
Classy Car Show Sponsor:
Grove Japanese Imports
Named one of Indianapolis Monthly’s ‘hot neighborhoods’ and the next foodie ‘hot spot’ by the Indy Star, Irvington is the city’s largest historic district, founded in 1870. It’s currently seeing yet another boom of new business moving in. The home tour is also the kick-off to a lineup of great events during the fall in Irvington, culminating with Irvington’s famous Halloween festival. Make this year’s Home Tour your reason to “Discover Irvington”iCal