#Thursday Doors — The Church on the Circle

Irvington is an Indianapolis neighborhood just off Washington Street, and its most notable landmark is the Irvington United Methodist Church. It’s sat in a circle, like so:


Left, the 1916 draft — Right, Google Maps 2009 — This link is where I got the photo, and you can read more about it there.

Here’s photo as we approach the circle:

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photo taken by my assistant, moomalade the intrepid punkin


It was the private home of Butler University staff members James Dorsey Forrest followed by Thomas Carr Howe before it became a church in 1924. It’s commonly referred to as the church on the circle.

I know you may have wanted or expected to see a photo of the front doors to the church, but you’re outta luck, because I found the side doors more interesting. Behold the Tudor Revival in all its splendor:


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many attractive details

#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To view other interesting doors, click the link and see what others are posting today.

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28 Responses to #Thursday Doors — The Church on the Circle

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Good choice on the door Joey, that is beautiful! I like the trim and the structure of the roof. I like the history bits too because when I looked at this I thought – it doesn’t look like a church.

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  2. Nice one! Like the repeating arches in the trim and portico.

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  3. Judy Martin says:

    That is a great door. I like the shape of it and the little rectangles of glass at the top. 🙂

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Same as Dan my first thought was “that’s not a church”, so thanks for the ‘splainin you did on that.
    And congrats to your assistant Moomalade for the photo skills; Keeping the horizon line straight is the 1st rule of photography 🙂

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  5. Benson says:

    That is one handsome door. I find it amazing the effort people put into construction not so long ago. Who would go to the trouble of recessing a door that way. Is that poured concrete or carved stone?

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    • joey says:

      I think poured, given the time frame and the lines, but I wouldn’t swear to it.
      I know, right? It’s hard to hang a door, I cannot imagine the expertise these people must have had.

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  6. Geert Smits says:

    Nice door / nice doors! I also want to have an assistant who takes the pictures. Makes life much more comfortable 🙂

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  7. Just lovely. ❤️

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  8. marianallen says:

    Love it! It reminds me of the original Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s Tudor Revival, too, although I didn’t know that name when I visited my friend there. I always loved that style, because I associate it with getting well. heh

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  9. Handsome door, archway and overhang. And, it’s always good to have assistants ready to help. 🙂

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  10. If the side door is this lovely, what must the front door/s be like? 🙂 Nicely done, assistant!


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  11. jan says:

    Interesting details!

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  12. I think it’s interesting too. I like the contrasting textures, lines, and the weathered wood of the portico.

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  13. reocochran says:

    The building holds such stories to tell. Thank you for letting us know of its path it led and its transformations. Joey, I like the door in all its “glory!” Perfect little notches along the undersidr of the roof above the door.
    I am a little crazy but that little arch above the door reminds me of a cuckoo clock window or double door. Wouldn’t it be cool if the ledge was big enough for a little wren or sparrow to sit on it? 🙂

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  14. Great to see the comparison with the two maps Joey.

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  15. Lori Carlson says:

    Great door! I love the architectural details!

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