Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Oldfields, the home of Hugh and Jessie Landon, is a well-preserved example of an understated American country estate, which later was owned by the J.K. Lilly Jr., family. In 1920 the Landons hired the renowned landscape firm Olmsted Brothers after visiting a garden in Maine designed by Percival Gallagher, a principal of the company. Gallagher’s vision transformed Oldfields, anchoring the house firmly in the landscape and providing dramatic views and pleasant garden walks. Among Gallagher’s designs for Oldfields were the tree-lined allée along the broad lawns east of the house, a redesigned formal garden, and the Ravine Garden, which extends along the hillside between the house and the Central Canal and imaginatively incorporates a wide range of plants with spring and fall bloom.