Sat. & Sun., Oct. 7 & 8: What’s Out There Weekend Indianapolis

Located in the North Meridian Street Historic District, the Dr. Goethe Link/Sloan residence and grounds date back to 1922 when Dr. Goethe Link commissioned Frederick Wallick, a noted Indianapolis architect to design the residence, and Jens Jensen, the renowned Chicago landscape architect, to design the grounds. Jensen is considered the creator of the Prairie Style of landscape design. In 2008, the current owners of the residence began an effort to restore the home and landscape to its original plan. In their attempt to fully replicate the Jensen landscape, they planted more than 1,500 trees, shrubs and flowers and recreated paths, ponds and fountains. The residence and grounds received the Indiana Landmarks Angie’s List Old House Rehab Award in 2011. Photo courtesy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Discover the design history of places you pass every day but may never have visited when The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) presents free tours of our city’s parks, gardens, landscapes, and open spaces. Expert guides will provide rich stories, personal anecdotes, and keen observations about each of the 28 sites, including landscape architecture, city shaping, and garden design. Midtown sites include Butler University’s Holcomb Gardens; Christian Theological Seminary; Crown Hill Cemetery; the Central Canal Towpath; Tarkington Park; the Clowes Estate in Golden Hill; and the Lilly House, Oldfields, and Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, all on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The event dovetails with TCLF’s web-based What’s Out There, the nation’s most comprehensive searchable database of historic designed and cultural landscapes. The database currently features more than 2,000 sites, 11,000 images, and 1,000 designer profiles. What’s Out There is optimized for smartphones and includes What’s Nearby, a GPS-enabled function that locates all landscapes in the database within a 25-mile radius of any given location.

“Indianapolis’s rich and distinct identity is embedded in its diverse landscape legacy,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF’s president and CEO, “and the What’s Out There Weekend program is an engaging way to discover the city.”

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1998 to connect people to places. TCLF educates and engages the public to make our shared landscape heritage more visible, identify its value, and empower its stewards. Event registration and more information here.

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