Downtown Stonegate

Downtown Stonegate
Pentax IQZoom 170SL
Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

This might look like the heart of a classic Indiana small town, but it’s not.

Stonegate is a tony neighborhood here in Zionsville. The heart of Zionsville, the original town, is 3½ miles to the east. Over the last 20 years or so, Zionsville annexed a lot of land to its west as farmers sold out and developers built new neighborhoods.

As you drive (or, as was the case for me this day, biked) along Stonegate’s curved main street, at about the midpoint you come upon this little business district. These buildings are fashioned to look like they were built a century ago. They stand in a part of Stonegate where the houses look like modern takes on early 20th-century house designs — foursquares and bungalows with prominent front porches.

It’s all rather charming. It’s also rather expensive, but that’s life in Zionsville.

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8 responses to “single frame: Downtown Stonegate”

  1. Roger Meade Avatar
    Roger Meade

    That looks like a movie set before the actors and extras show up. Does anyone work there other than stock brokers and investment advisors? A bit too perfect for my taste.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      There’s an alterations shop, and there used to be a pub before the pandemic killed it.

  2. Kurt Ingham Avatar
    Kurt Ingham

    Really nice composition!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m pleased that you like it!

  3. M.B. Henry Avatar

    Such neat, trim buildings! And I love the framing of this photo, the blue sky really pops the buildings out too. Great work.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! I’m not thrilled with the quality of the scanning – maybe I should try scanning this one on my own scanner and see if I can make it sharper!

  4. Khürt Williams Avatar

    I detest these fake “vintage” towns that I see popping up all over New Jersey. There is a condo development in New Jersey designed to look like a downtown with shop. Shops below and condos above. It’s basically an outdoor mall with housing on top.


    Or newly made townhomes layed out to look like the neighbourhood has existed for decades.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Out here even existing small towns are turning into what your map link shows.

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