We are hard at work planning and implementing programs to help keep members and friends engaged with the Propylaeum—even though we can’t be together.
“If the Walls Could Talk” is a multi-part video series highlighting individual rooms and areas of the Propylaeum. Each video gives the history of a specific room or area, discussing how it may have been used in 1890 and how it is used today.
The series also includes behind-the-scenes videos of architectural features and non-public areas. This series is photographed, filmed, and narrated by LaurieAnne Perez. Rose Wernicke and Dr. Jim Glass provide research and historic information.
“We have talked in the past about a virtual tour of the mansion. This seemed like a great opportunity, while the building is empty, to film not just the rooms that everyone sees, but some of the things they don’t see.” said LaurieAnne.
The videos, posted each Monday, include the northeast and southeast parlors, and the Tea Room so far. Behind-the-scenes videos include the pocket doors, butler’s pantry, and Criterion music box.
“I feel like I find some detail that I hadn’t noticed in each room,” said LaurieAnne. “I have definitely learned more about the history of Victorian homes and the families who lived in the Propylaeum.”
The videos are on the Indianapolis Propylaeum Facebook page as well as on the Propylaeum website www.thepropylaeum.org/history-of-the-propylaeum.
If you have stories that you would like to share please contact LaurieAnne at 317-639-7881 x4. We will be featuring the ballroom in an upcoming video and are looking for photos and stories from Mrs. Gates’s dance classes.