Allendale, Indiana


Allendale, Indiana

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Allendale, Indiana, is an unincorporated town in south central Vigo County, Indiana, in Honey Creek Township.

Allendale, built into a bluff overlooking Honey Creek, is known for its winding roads, heavily wooded lots, deep ravines and large upper and upper-middle class houses. Most of the architect-designed homes date from the 1920's to 1960's and display a range of styles -- Arts & Crafts, Jacobean, Colonial Revival, Cotswold Cottage, Mission Revival, Cape Cod, Split-Level and Ranch. Allendale adjoins the Terre Haute Country Club; a private, non-profit, member-owned 18-hole golf course started in 1898. A Carmelite Monastery, "The Carmel of St. Joseph", was founded in Allendale in 1947. The modern chapel was completed in 1970.

Allendale was once near a 1,000 acre farm owned by industrialist William P. Ijams and his wife, Sallie Warren Ijams. "Warren Park Farm" included a 100-horse stable. In 1889, a syndicate headed by Ijams bought Axtell, a world record setting harness racing stallion, for $105,000. It was the highest price ever paid for a horse at the time. The Ijams' son, Frank B. Ijams, commissioned New York architect H.T. Lindeberg, a student of Stanford White, to build a Jacobean Revival mansion in Allendale in 1929.

Another former Allendale resident was Chapman S. Root, who owned the Root Glass Company of Terre Haute. Root Glass designed and patented the famous Coca-Cola contour bottle. Root's Allendale estate, "Rocky Edge", included a party house with an indoor swimming pool, greenhouse, bar and ballroom.

Allendale was originally outside of Terre Haute, but retail expansion south of the city has encroached on the area. The population is about 250.

References

"History of Indiana from Its Exploration to 1922"," by Logan Esarey and William F. Cronin, Dayton Historical Publishing Company, 1922.

Vigo County Historial Society, "Wabash Valley Profiles"


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