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Indianapolis

Oldfields Lily House and Gardens

This gem of a historical site can be visited completely free of charge. The home is a stellar example of style, craftsmanship and taste and a must see for all history buffs. Formally known as the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, Oldfields is a restored American Country Place estate that was owned by Josiah K. Lilly, Jr. The restored gardens and grounds were originally designed by Percival Gallagher of Olmsted Brothers firm. The 26 acre historic estate is housed on the precincts of the Indianapolis Museum of Arts. The restoration of the mansion makes it a rare historic site that has been a designated U.S. National Historic Landmark. Built between 1910 and 1913 by architect Lewis Ketcham Davis for Hugh McKennan Landon it was bought by J.K. Lilly, Jr. an avid collector and philanthropist, who renovated and expanded the estate. The 22-room mansion has undergone historic restoration and is currently interpreted to reflect the 1930s era.