Second tour for the week is today. I am a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the museum includes, as its largest work of art, the Lilly House. The Oldfields estate, which includes the house is part of the Country House type and was donated by the children of J K Lilly Jr (Lilly Pharmaceuticals family) to the Art Association of Indianapolis in the late 1960’s. The Association had outgrown its museum and needed a space to build a new museum. The bequest included 52 acres and an intact house with many rooms still furnished as they had been when the family lived in the house. What a gift!
Today the Lilly House is a National Historic Landmark and a group of dedicated docents do tours at the house. My tour today is for a group of high school students that are home schooled. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to share information about the architecture, furnishings, families (2) that built and lived in the home, and the history of the period and of Indianapolis. The photo below shows the front of the home and some of the surrounding landscape. Today Spring in Bloom is underway and the grounds are graced with over 250,000 blooming bulbs.