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.
Approximately 50 residents and their family and friends attended and completed the 3 mile loop. Canned food items were donated and $125 was raised to benefit Wheeler Missions.
Festive for the Holidays (thanks to some local muscle) Billy VantWoud and Cliff Bradley caught in the act – the fountains looked beautiful as usual for the holidays. Photo provided by Kirsten VantWoud
*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.