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Third annual Broad Ripple Home Tour - By Ashley Plummer
posted: Oct. 05, 2007
The Broad Ripple Village Association (BRVA) held their third annual historic home tour on Saturday, September 29, 2007. Over 1,000 visitors toured the homes and some came from places as far as Toledo, Ohio.
The sun was shining and the weather lingered around 75 degrees for the busiest part of the day. Guests walked through 10 historic homes chosen by the BRVA Home Tour committee for their charm, elegance and unique combinations of renovations and innovative decorating styles.
While most of the homes original building dates extended between 1920 and the late 1930s, one home in particular, the Osborn-Moshier Home at 6104 Broadway, had a construction date estimated somewhere around 1907.
Beyond some of the beautiful renovations that the Moshiers (current owners) have done to the home, one interesting feature of the home involves the addition of plumbing (the house was originally built without), which is still apparent by the exposed pipes.
6014 Primrose Avenue
Guests were given the freedom to examine homes for decorating, building and space usage ideas.
The large windows in this bedroom work wonders for natural sunlight and cooling breezes.
Another must-see on the tour was the Wilkinson-Richey Home, located at 6033 Rosslyn Avenue. The Richey home in particular seemed to embody the spirit of the Broad Ripple Home Tour. Many home tours tend to include what appear to be mansions to many people, but the comfy and cozy atmosphere created by Carrie and Josh Richey captures the small village appeal that steals the hearts of so many who choose to live in the village.
In one of the older homes on the tour (originally thought to be built in 1924), one thing many visitors found special about the home was its catercorner fireplace. Not an original fixture of the house, the fireplace looked as though it had been there as long as the home had been standing.
6033 Rosslyn Avenue
One of the biggest surprises was the Rosencrans-Redfield Home at 6001 Haverford Avenue. Talk about judging a book by its cover; this home's outward appearance gave no hint to the spacious interior.
Inside the house, there was a spacious kitchen that seemed to stretch to limits beyond the home's boundaries. Even more unbelievable was the living room, which seemed to engulf the entire house.
Another house that seemed rather enticing (particularly to children who like hopscotch) was the Davidson-Baxter home, located at 6014 Primrose Avenue. The home boasted a beautiful and distinctive style which the home tour brochure credits to former owner Jennie Thomas's interior decorating skills. One of the most unusual decorations was the hopscotch game that had been painted on the floor in a hallway for the two children of current owners, John and Shannon Baxter.
6001 Haverford Avenue
While every home on the tour had something distinctive that set it apart, there is no way to verbally describe the time, work and dedication that homeowners in the village put into the upkeep and personalization of their houses.
If you did not make the tour this year, be sure not to miss out next year!
6106 Kingsley Drive
6238 Haverford Avenue
Tom Horlander manning the Boy Scout popcorn table
6131 Broadway Street
6104 Broadway St
One of the oldest homes on the tour, the Osborn-Moshier house was originally built without indoor plumbing.
6279 Washington Boulevard
6280 Washington Boulevard
Most of the beautifully decorated interiors kept the older charm that people love about Broad Ripple.
6235 Delaware Street