The Lockerbie Square neighborhood in Downtown Indianapolis was platted between 1847 and 1850, making it one of the city’s oldest surviving neighborhoods. Its streets are lined with older homes, some which date to near the neighborhood’s founding. You’ll also find the only surviving cobblestone street in Indianapolis there.

Margaret and I went there on a photo walk one Saturday afternoon not long ago. I had a film camera along and gave it plenty of exercise, but I photographed the doors of Lockerbie Square with my iPhone 12 mini.

Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square
Doors of Lockerbie Square

Here’s that cobblestone street. It lasts just one block. On this street is the home James Whitcomb Riley lived in for the last two decades of his life. Riley was a beloved writer and poet, most famous for his verses in the Indiana vernacular of the day. Riley commanded enormous crowds wherever he would speak in the Hoosier State.

Lockerbie Street
Lockerbie Street

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18 responses to “Thursday doors: Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis”

  1. brandib1977 Avatar

    Doors, cobblestone and a famous author! You hit all the important bases today! What a fun walk you had.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It was the hat trick of walks!

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Yes!! Nice job!

  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    A good example of the great output of the cell phone camera! If your use is strictly for on line illustration, it’s hard to make a case for shooting a more complicated camera, and dragging a lot of equipment around. Thes e are absolutely as good as one would need…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I think these are too contrasty and saturated, but otherwise I agree.

      1. Andy Umbo Avatar
        Andy Umbo

        You know, these look great on my iPad, maybe a little ‘juiced’, but no more than Velvia on a light box…

  3. Dan Antion Avatar

    These are very handsome doors and houses. With the exception of one porch that could use some love, they all look well maintained. I love seeing the cobble stone street.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Dan! Lockerbie is a historic district and its residents do a very nice job of keeping their properties up.

  4. dennyho Avatar

    The house, door, and chairs at #612 beckon me for a sit. Very soothing to my soul.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Just be careful stepping on that porch deck! It doesn’t look super strong.

      1. dennyho Avatar

        Ahhh, I see that now!

  5. Emille Avatar

    Love the views (somehow the green door is my favorite) and even more the historical tidbits for the European I am:)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s a good one! The one with the green/white awning is my favorite. That house is a museum today, as a famous Indiana author lived there until his death in 1904. The house is essentially as he left it, making it a real time capsule. I’ve toured it twice!

  6. M.B. Henry Avatar

    Wow those are some beautiful houses and doors!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      If you ever come to Indy, do look up Lockerbie! It’s Downtown.

      1. M.B. Henry Avatar

        The few times I’ve been around Indy, I’ve definitely noticed the gorgeous homes. Would love to go spend some more time there one of these days!

  7. J P Avatar

    A lovely tour. I remember Lockerbie getting it’s second wind in the early 80s, and it remains beautiful. And yet I have never toured the area, so thanks for this.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a place Margaret and I walk about once a year just because it’s so lovely.

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