Marian University Campus
3200 Cold Spring Road
Riverdale is Indiana’s largest and most intact landscape designed by Jens Jensen, one of the most prominent landscape architects of the Midwest in the early 20th century. All of the hallmarks of Jensen’s style — most notably the use of native vegetation and water features — are present on the 64-acre estate of Indianapolis industrialist James Allison, who hired Jensen in 1911. At the base of the bluff below the Allison Mansion, there is a series of spring-fed lakes that surround a central meadow. Drives and trails with bridges were built to take advantage of this landscape, now the university’s EcoLab. Near the house, a stone colonnade echoes Jensen’s famous council rings and is the focus of the formal perennial garden.