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Cottage Home, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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Cottage Home Historic District is located just east of downtown, in the 700 block of Dorman St. and 1100 block of East and Clair Sts. The neighborhood takes its name from the many Victorian, cottage-style homes built between 1870 and 1900. It's a fun community well known for its annual fall Block Party and bi-annual Home & Garden Tour.

The community is dominated by "worker housing," typified by spindlework porches, turned posts, gable ornaments, variegated and fishscale shingling, and gingerbread trim. Landowners began building here in the 1860s, shortly after the Bellefontaine Railroad built repair shops nearby. Later, the Indianapolis Street Railway built a trolley barn in the neighborhood, providing jobs for operators, conductors, and mechanics, as did veneer and furniture factories on Dorman St., and a flour mill on Highland Ave.

Frederick Ruskaup built a successful (brick) grocery store at 713-715 Dorman in 1875. His earnings from that and several rental properties he owned enabled him to hire well-known architects Vonnegut & Bohn to design a series of two-story shotgun doubles at 702-716 Dorman. Recent owners have restored several of these doubles, which feature hip roofs and full-width porches with lathe-turned posts. In 1890, Ruskaup again hired Vonnegut & Bohn to design his Queen Anne/German Renaissance Revival home at 711 Dorman.

The area was originally part of two large farms owned by (Governor) Noah Noble and Robert Hanna. When the railroad reached Indianapolis in 1847, the city's boundaries pushed out beyond the "Mile Square." The farms were annexed to the City of Indianapolis in 1870.

Among early residents of the neighborhood was Louisa Magruder, daughter of Tom Magruder, the slave of Gov. Noble who is said to be the inspiration for the timeless classic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

The Dorman Street Saloon has served for years as a popular neighborhood meeting place and watering hole. Originally built as a house in the early 1870s, the corner building served as a grocery store before being converted to a bar in the late 1910s. It's since been known as Anacker's 9th Street Tavern, The Mahogany Bar, and May's Lounge. A popular rumor claims that infamous criminal John Dillinger frequented the saloon while preparing for his heist of the Massachusetts Avenue State Bank.

Today, some of the original brick sidewalks and limestone curbs still line the streets of Cottage Home, and are cherished by the neighborhood as important features of the historic district. Brick sidewalks remain on portions of Highland Avenue and Dorman Street, including in front of the Ruskaup-Ratcliffe house and store, while limestone curbs can still be found on portions of Highland Avenue, Dorman Street, Stillwell Street, and Oriental Street.

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Latest Cottage Home, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

1109 East 10th E Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 1109 East 10th E Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cottage Home  
Almost new in one of Indy's finest Downtown Neighborhoods. Dorman Square Townhome is located in the Cottage Home Historic Neighborhood just steps away from Mass Ave., Indy's Cultural and Monon Trail and the highly anticipated Bottleworks project. Enjoy ...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 2423 SqFt
$589,900
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
946 Stillwell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 946 Stillwell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Churchman Cottage  
Undeniably charming! Like the perfectly wrapped gift – you know what awaits inside this Cottage Home residence is something truly special! From meticulously preserved original millwork, to stylish contemporary update, this home has received the full tr...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2266 SqFt
$400,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
1319 East 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 1319 East 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hanna Heirs  
Charming & Spacious 2-Sty, 3 BR, 2 BA Cottage home, complete w/white picket fence. This historic gem boasts 10ft Ceilings, Original Hardwood Flooring, Formal Living Rm and Dining Rm, Eat-In Kitchen w/Concrete Counters, and Sunroom w/Built-in Banquette Sea...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3108 SqFt
$379,000
ULTRA ELITE GROUP
942 Stillwell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 942 Stillwell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Churchman Cottage  
Bullseye! This Cottage Home lot will make you feel like you hit your target right on the money! It’s no stretch to say this is one of the closest build-able lots to Mass Ave. Cottage Home is quickly moving to the top of everyone’s list thanks to it...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$150,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
954 Stillwell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 954 Stillwell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cottage Home  
An incredible opportunity to own/build in the historic Cottage Home neighborhood. Higher end new construction homes surround this lot. Walking distance to vibrant Mass Ave, Bottleworks District, Circle Center Industrial Complex, Windsor Park Arts Theatre ...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$149,000
Pearl Street Realty Group
950 Stillwell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 950 Stillwell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cottage Home  
An incredible opportunity to own/build in the historic Cottage Home neighborhood. Higher end new construction homes surround this lot. Walking distance to vibrant Mass Ave, Windsor Park Art Theater, Bottleworks District, Circle Center Industrial Complex, ...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$149,000
Pearl Street Realty Group
704 North Highland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 704 North Highland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Davidsons 2nd  
One of the few remaining vacant lots for new construction in the Cottage Home Historic Conservation District. This is one of the hottest neighborhoods downtown. Don't miss this opportunity!
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$134,900
Renew Indianapolis, Inc.
828 North Oriental Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 828 North Oriental Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cottage Home  
Prime location in beautiful Cottage Home. Many homes in area have sold between 450k to 600k+. Adjacent lots available, LOTS of possibilities!!! 2 small lots together. Lots are surveyed.
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$110,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro W
820 North Oriental Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 820 North Oriental Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cottage Home  
Prime location in beautiful Cottage Home. Many homes selling between 450k-600k+. Adjacent lots available. LOTS of possibilities!!! Lot has been surveyed!
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$110,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro W
824 North Oriental Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 824 North Oriental Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cottage Home  
Prime location in beautiful Cottage Home. Many homes in the area have sold between 450k and 600k+. Adjacent lots available. Lots of Possibilities!! Property has been surveyed.
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$110,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro W

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