Cottage Home, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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.

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921~2D929 Stillwell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

921~2D929 Stillwell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Seeing triple in Cottage Home! No, this is not a dream, 3 lots for sale in one of Indy's most sought-after neighborhoods. Endless possibilities, and all of the amen...

0 Beds 0 Bath Areas 0 SqFt


Everhart Studio, Ltd.
510 Dorman Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

510 Dorman Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Spacious 4 bdrm on a private culdesac in quiet Cottage Home community w/ LOADS of potential! Lg family rm w/ natural light & 9ft ceilings. Enclosed porch for year-ro...

4 Beds 1 Bath Areas 2355 SqFt


F.C. Tucker Company
1227 E 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

1227 E 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Bring your builder to this historic renovation opportunity in Cottage Home! The sale includes the current property as-is, floor plans, architectural drawings, and re...

2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1896 SqFt


F.C. Tucker Company
1310 E Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

1310 E Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

INVESTOR SPECIAL! Rare opportunity to rehab a property surrounded by $800K+ homes in beautiful Cottage Home. Interior has already been gutted to the studs, and IHPC ...

3 Beds 3 Bath Areas 1460 SqFt


United Real Estate Indpls

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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.