This gracious historic community, located just one mile east of downtown Indianapolis, is recognized as Indianapolis’s first planned residential suburb. In a beautiful park-like setting, you will find fine examples of lovely Victorian era homes, esplanades with fountains and statuary, and an ambiance that is unlike any other. Woodruff Place was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
There is much that needs to be done each and every year to maintain and improve our very special neighborhood. The Woodruff Place Civic League is responsible for the organization and operation of the neighborhood. The Civic League created the Woodruff Place Historic Preservation Committee, a qualified not-for-profit group under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This group addresses historic concerns and focuses on fundraising for preservation projects.
The neighborhood is responsible for providing many services beyond those provided by the city, all of which work toward insuring property values, providing for safety, maintenance, and our quality of life. For information on some of our ongoing projects, visit our members page, and scroll down to “neighborhood projects”. Annually, the neighborhood needs to raise approximately $20,000 in order to maintain and improve the following services:
- Street Lighting, repair, maintenance, and utilities
- Town Hall, repair, maintenance, and utilities
- Fountains, repair, maintenance, and utilities
- 10th Street Fence, rebuilding and maintenance
- Maintenance and repair of esplanades, statuary and plantings
- Maintenance and replacement of neighborhood trees
- Historic markers and signs
- Neighborhood functions
Financial support comes from our fundraising activities (such as the annual Flea Market), monetary grants, and resident contributions. Every contribution is important, and the success of Woodruff Place is the result of dedicated neighbors who have invested in the belief that this unique place can continue to be a vibrant historic urban neighborhood.
Woodruff a top neighborhood in 2017 NESCO Games Woodruff residents eagerly participated again this year in the 2017 NESCO Games, a weeklong series of competitions of sport and skill held on the Near Eastside. On June 24, the closing day of competitions with strong participation in the track and field events, Woodruff Place took 3rd …
2017 Home, Garden and Coop tour welcomes hundreds The 2017 home, garden and coop home tour was an outstanding success, in large part due to the generosity of the ten homeowners who welcomed approximately 600 attendees into their homes. Guests also enjoyed the vintage fashion shows organized by Tessie Lloyd-Jones and modeled by numerous Woodruff …
Needed Town Hall renovations continue When Woodruff Place re-gained ownership of Town Hall from the City of Indianapolis in 2000-2001, a substantial volunteer rehabilitation process began to save the building. Progress was supercharged with the arrival of the Woodruff Place EID in 2016 when the replacement of the entire roof and restoration of the three …
*The purpose of the Woodruff Place e-Newsletter and Facebook Group is to provide a forum for open and respectful exchange among residents and friends of Woodruff Place on topics relevant to the community. The page is not for business solicitation or airing personal disputes. The email and group page administrators, members of the WP Civic League board, are responsible for approving memberships to the services and will moderate discussion as needed.