1200 W. 38th St., Indianapolis, Indiana


Photo taken by J.P. in December 2012




Oldfields is a prime surviving example of the estate landscapes constructed by American businessmen and industrialists during the Country Place Era, approximately between 1885 and 1939. It is particularly rare as an estate landscape designed by the distinguished Olmsted Brothers firm that is still extant in its original form. The second owner of the house, Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., was influential as a collector, philanthropist, humanitarian and businessman as President and then Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eli Lilly Company and the Lilly Endowment. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 31, 2003

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 31, 2003
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; French Renaissance
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Health/Medicine
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure; Garden
Current functions
Museum; Garden
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1913; 1923; 1940
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 10
Contributing structures: 11
Contributing sites: 6
Contributing objects: 11

Update Log 

  • January 1, 2013: New photos from J.P.