Tarkington Home Renovated

The Indianapolis Star reports this week that Booth Tarkington’s longtime home on North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, which has been on the market for some time, has been purchased and is in the process of updating its interior.

The good news is that the current owners respect Tarkington’s legacy, and hope to “take it back to what it was when Booth Tarkington entertained here,” according to Susan Guyett’s account of co-owner Doris Anne Sadler’s words.

Here’s an excerpt of the full article.  Be sure to click through to see the up-to-date photos that ran with the article.

The house, built in 1911, was Tarkington’s home from 1923 until he died in 1946. It was the Decorator’s Show House in the early 1980s and had been on the market for the past few years.

The Sadler family (which includes daughter Lucy, son Morgan, pooch Bella Blu and cats Boo Cleopatra and Mickey) moved in last month, and their tribe has already increased by one, after a kitten showed up in the kitchen one day. He’s been named Newton Booth Tarkington, which was the author’s real first name.

…The good thing is that in a house with about 30 rooms, there’s always a place to move to after a room is finished, said Doris Anne, who’s been reading over the Meridian Street Preservation Commission’s handbook in between cleaning up the yard and getting painted-shut windows to open. A carriage house on the property has two apartments and room for household staff.

In the future, the Sadlers want to fill the home with guests just as in the old days.

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