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This gracious historic community, is recognized as Indianapolis’s first planned residential suburb. In a beautiful park-like setting, you will find fine examples of lovely Victorian era homes, esplanades with fountains and statuary, and an ambiance that is unlike any other. Woodruff Place was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Woodruff Place is the only downtown historic neighborhood that is 100% residential.
With one of the most active groups of residents, the Woodruff Place Civic League hosts many events throughout the year. Renters and homeowners alike enjoy the camaraderie of neighborhood clean-ups as well as Fourth of July, Halloween and other events. The Woodruff Place Foundation is the non-profit arm that raises money for infrastructure improvements and restorations. The Woodruff Place Economic Improvement District is the first residential EID in the state. The adoption of the EID is a reflection of the commitment of the property owners to continue investment into this Indianapolis iconic community.
A variety of architectural styles are found in Woodruff Place. The most significant homes date from 1875 to 1917. This was a period of elaborate house design generally known as Victorian. The oldest surviving residence in Woodruff Place at 894 West Drive was constructed in 1875 and stands as an early example of Eastlake or Late Stick style. Throughout the neighborhood, there are many examples of Queen Anne style homes. Woodruff Place is also home to Georgian Revivals, English Tudors, Bungalows, American Foursquares, and Colonial Revivals.