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At the beginning of the 20th century, David M. Parry built a stone and brick home overlooking the White River and Central Canal. Within three years, the wealthy carriage manufacturer joined the ranks of America's earliest automobile makers, contributing to the production of the Parry, the Overland and the Pathfinder. But for Indianapolis history, Parry had an impact beyond being part of the city's automotive community: The estate he named "Golden Hill" was later divided into one of the city's grandest neighborhoods.

Beautiful homes line its curving streets that are located just south of both the Woodstock Club and the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The Parry mansion, however, remained the area's grand jewel and was later expanded to 21,000 square feet by William A. Atkins, owner of the Severin Hotel. The jewel, however, fell into disrepair after standing vacant for many years. John Lethen of Jerico Properties bought the property in 2012 and has spent the time since both saving original features and updating the house with modern conveniences.

This Saturday, Indiana Automotive Heritage will host a tour of the estate and its many features, including carved wood, marble and stone fireplaces, leaded-glass windows, intricate woodwork, balconies and verdant views. As the final touches were put on the renovation, Sky Blue Window's frequent contributing photographer Perry Reichanadter was invited behind the doors to document the in-process renovations.

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