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Vinton-Pierce home architectural drawings

 Collection — Folder: S2393
Identifier: S2393

Scope and Contents

This collection includes twelve architectural drawings of Vinton-Pierce Place, a mansion once located at 1415 North Meridian, Indianapolis, Indiana. The drawings were created in circa 1935 by the Historic America Buildings Survey (HABS) as an official Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. The drawings include the floor plans of the basement, first, second and third floors; the exterior elevations from all sides; and architectural details of various aspects of the home including windows, doors, stairs, fireplaces, and cornices.


  • circa 1935

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Vinton-Pierce home was once located at 1415 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana and was built by William Henderson around 1862. Tradition suggests that the home was designed by Francis Costigan, but others credit Joseph Curzon for the design of the Italianate structure, including the Historic American Buildings Survey conducted in circa 1935 that also gives 1860 as the year the home was erected. The home was purchased by Almus E. Vinton a few years later and his will notes that the deed from Henderson was signed on March 10, 1866. Following the marriage of Vinton's daughter Elizabeth to Henry Douglas Pierce, the mansion became the Pierces' family home. For more than seventy years the house stood at the northeast corner of 14th and Meridian Streets, but due to the continued expansion of the city's business district, the house and grounds were sold to the Roy Wilmeth Company and torn down in 1936 to make make way for a new showroom.

Sources: "Almus E. Vinton." Indiana, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999. Accessed August 9, 2022.

"City Mansion, Built on Country Road, Will Make Way for Auto Salesroom." Indianapolis Star (IN), October 14, 1936.

Library of Congress. "Vinton-Pierce House, 1415 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN Drawings from Survey HABS IN-24." Accessed August 9, 2022.

Zeigler, Connie J. "Joseph Curzon." Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Robert G. Barrows, 487. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L353: Pierce-Krull family papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/08/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/08/09 by Laura Eliason.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.