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Woodburn Guild

Herman B Wells loved the Woodburn House, and so do we.

Preserving Indiana University’s rich history is the primary purpose of the IUAA’s Woodburn Guild. Established in 1981, the guild maintains the Woodburn House as a valuable part of IU’s heritage. Donations support this historic home.

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About the Woodburn House

The Woodburn House, a red brick building located at 519 N. College Ave., dates back to 1829 and its first owner, Samuel Hardesty. Professor James Woodburn purchased the home in 1855, and his influential family occupied the house for 86 years. Dr. Herman B Wells began living in the house as a young economics professor in 1932 and continued to live there for most of his tenure as president of the university.

Reserve the house

IU departments and offices may reserve the Woodburn House for university events. For more information and to check the house's availability, please contact Elaine Finley, director of presidential residences in the Office of the President, at or (812) 855-8456.