On Thursday, November 3rd, Experts from the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust and Marian University will highlight the legacy of pioneering automotive entrepreneur James Allison, from founding the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Allison Engineering Company to the restoration of his historic 64-acre Indianapolis estate in Riverdale.
The illustrated talk includes insight into the preservation and restoration of Allison’s lavish 64-acre Indianapolis estate, Riverdale, now part of Marian University. Completed in 1914, the National-Register listed property cost a reported $2 million to build. Allison hired Chicago’s master landscape architect Jen Jensen to design the expansive grounds and outfitted the Allison Mansion with state-of-the-art conveniences including an elevator, central vacuum system, telephone intercom, automatically lighted closets, pumped-in ice water, and an indoor swimming pool.
Tickets are free for Indiana Automotive and Indiana Landmarks members with RSVP, $10/general public. Doors open at Indiana Landmarks Center at 5:30 p.m., with brief highlights from our Indiana Automotive affinity group beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a talk and Q&A.
More information can be found at this link.