Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Home of Ross Davis

image number:

P0034631

description:

This image scanned from "Souvenir Program: Fifth Annual Entertainment: Bloomington, Ind. Lodge No. 446 B.P.O. Elks: Opera House, March 9, 1905."

John Lincoln Nichols was the architect.

Bloomington resident Bill Coulter provides the following information:

"Monroe County Deed Book 49, page 545 records the transfer of Lot 25 in Kenwood Addition to the City of Bloomington from Amy L. Davis and her husband Ross W. Davis to Herman S. Bowman for consideration of $3500. The transaction occurred on September 10th, 1906 and was recorded on September 21st, 1906. Lot 25 in Kenwood Addition is now the site of a parking lot for the
apartment building at 815 N. College Ave.

Kenwood lot 25 was never depicted on Sanborn Insurance Maps. An aerial photograph of Bloomington from 1949 does include the lot. The configuration of the turret, the shed dormer and the chimney as shown match the house in the aerial photograph. Both have gambrel roofs. The front porch on the house in the aerial photo runs the full length of the front façade, but this image shows a smaller front porch. The house in the aerial photo has a larger footprint. It is possible that the house seen here and the aerial photo are the same and that an addition was made to the rear of the house and the front porch was enlarged.

The aerial photo referred to above can be found here: Indiana Spatial Data Portal (http://gis.iu.edu) 1949-1975 City of Bloomington Aerial Photos 1949 Aerial Photos - photo #99

The house on Kenwood Lot 25 was apparently built for Amy and Ross Davis sometime in the fall/winter of 1902 and/or spring of 1903. Amy L. Davis acquired the lot from George M. Whitaker on September 22, 1902 for $400, as recorded on page 572 of Deed Book 42. The price paid for the lot is typical for a vacant lot in that area at that time. 1902 Monroe County Tax Duplicates show the assessed value of Kenwood 25 as $75 with no improvements. This is recorded under the name John W. O'Harrow on page 57 of Volume 3.
1903 Tax Duplicates show a value for the lot of $80 and $1800 for improvements, recorded under Amy L. Davis on page 21 of Volume 3.

Bloomington (IN) Telephone, September 11, 1906, Clipping File, Genealogy Library, Monroe County History Center, Bloomington, Indiana.
Ross Davis and family are to move to Seattle, Washington, by the last of the month when Herman Bowman occupies that beautiful home in Kenwood as he recently purchased the property."

date taken:

1905

accession number:

C219

topic:

Houses

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

other place name:

Kenwood Addition

series:

Buildings & Grounds

subseries:

Bloomington

folder:

Davis, Ross, Home of