Annual St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorator’s Show House Benefits Patient Care at Eskenazi Health

Indianapolis, April 8, 2019 – The 2019 St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorators’ Show House and Gardens, the longest running decorator show house in the nation, will once again allow the public to tour a classic Indianapolis home with proceeds benefiting Eskenazi Health. This year’s residence, the historic Centennial Estate, is located at 4160 Washington Blvd.

As has been the tradition, each spring local interior designers, landscape designers and their support teams donate hundreds of hours, as do members of St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild, to refurbish an area home and its surrounding property. The Centennial Estate will be 100 years old in 2019, so it is a perfect time to celebrate the home’s beautiful architecture and grounds, while at the same time raising funds for a worthy cause. This is the second time this house has been featured as a Show House. The first was 1980. 

Proceeds from the show house will benefit St. Margaret’s three year commitment in supporting the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Center for Nursing Excellence at Eskenazi Health. The Center for Nursing Excellence focuses on recruiting and retaining high quality nurses through expanding the services and continuing education opportunities provided to them. 

The annual event runs from April 27 - May 12 (closed Mondays). Daily tours are open to the public from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, Thursdays open until 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at for $22 for adults. At the door, guests 65 and older can purchase tickets for $20 and children 3 to 12 for $5. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at select Meijer stores for $20. Online tickets are also available for a combination tour and lunch ticket for $32, which is a $4 discount. Combo tickets are not available at the door. Free parking is available on nearby city streets.

The Show House also features Café Maggie,  Maggie’s Flower Shop, and various other boutiques.  

“As has been the tradition, each spring local interior designers, landscape designers, and their support teams donate hundreds of hours, as do the members of St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild, to refurbish an area home and its surrounding property,” said Aly Schroeder, director of promotions for the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorator Show House and Gardens. “We are excited to share the Centennial Estate with everyone this year, featuring classic design elements combined with the latest trends.” 

The brick and timbered Tudor Revival home at 4160 Washington Blvd. was built in 1919 by Clark E. Mallery and Roberta Spellman Mallery. Mr. Mallery was one of the founders of the American Garment Company, a manufacturer of women’s clothing. Mrs. Mallery was the aunt of Mrs. Robert H. Tyndall, wife of the 34th mayor of Indianapolis. 

In 2008, the area in which the home is located, Washington Park, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes the properties from the north side of East 40th Street to the south side of East 43rd Street and from the west side of North Pennsylvania Street to the west side of Central Avenue.

For more than 110 years the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild has been a key partner in carrying out Eskenazi Health’s mission. From its beginning in 1907, the guild has raised more than $13 million to support the work of Eskenazi Health. This generous philanthropic support has benefited Eskenazi Health patients directly through programs and services. The dedicated members of the guild work tirelessly and enthusiastically through the Decorators’ Show House and Gardens and many other initiatives for the benefit of Eskenazi Health’s patients and its mission. 

“Many things have been made possible at Eskenazi Health solely because of the compassion and generosity of St. Margaret’s and their extraordinary show house successes,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO at Eskenazi Health. “There is really no area of Eskenazi Health that St. Margaret’s hasn’t touched for the better. We are deeply grateful to the intrepid women of St. Margaret’s and those who support them for their determination, their advocacy, their enduring friendship and their devotion to Eskenazi Health.” 

St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild has distributed funds to numerous areas of Eskenazi Health, including the Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation, Women’s and Children’s Services and the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The guild was also a key supporter and a strong voice for the construction of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus.  

“We are extremely grateful to St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild and the commitment they have shown to our community,” said Ernest Vargo II, CFRE, president and CEO of the Eskenazi Health Foundation. “Eskenazi Health, and what we are able to offer our patients and their families, undoubtedly benefits from the generous philanthropic support and leadership of the women of St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild.” 

This year’s show house marks the 58th time the guild has hosted the event, which will feature more than 50 area designers and landscapers using their talent and creativity to transform the historic Centennial Estate. For additional information, please visit


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