1219 North Alabama Street
Although this house has a symmetrical facade, its simple detailing and imposing presence mark it as a good example of the Free Classic style. The three-sided center bay terminates in a three-sided dormer at roof level. Three-sided bays were a popular feature of houses in the area; there are several houses on New Jersey Street with a similar element. This house was built as the residence of Henry D. Ridgely, an employee of the Eli Lilly Company.
In 1914 it briefly became the residence of Russell Fortune, Sr., on time president of Russell Fortune, Inc., a wood veneer importing and manufacturing firm. He was active in civic affairs as is reflected in his membership in the Woodstock Country Club, the Columbia Club, Athenaeum Turners and the Indiana Historical Society.
Old Northside Historic Area Preservation Plan, 1979
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