DERBY IS ALL ABOUT DECADENCE, TRADITION AND GLAMOUR, WHICH IS WHY WE KICKED OFF THE SEASON WITH THE DRESS & DWELL DOLLS – AS THE LADIES ARE KNOWN – AT THE HISTORIC JACOB ZINSMEISTER HOUSE IN NEW ALBANY. DRESSED TO IMPRESS IN SOME OF THE HOTTEST LOOKS OF SPRING, THE GALS ARE READY TO DO DERBY, SOUTHERN INDIANA STYLE, OF COURSE. ARE YOU?
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUNNI WIGGINTON
Photography by Sunni Wigginton; 502.435.6664; www.sunniphotography.com.
Dresses and jewelry are available at Dress & Dwell, 138 E. Spring St. in New Albany; 812.725.7566; www.dressanddwell.com. Fascinators provided by HeadCandi Millinery; 502.643.2425; www.shopheadcandi.com.
All photographs were taken at the Jacob Zinsmeister House — also known as The Little Culbertson — which is located in New Albany and owned by the Lawrence family. According to the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission, Jacob and Anna Zinsmeister purchased the East Market Street lot in February 1889 for $4,500. Their home was then constructed for $8,000 in the then-fashionable Second Empire style. Jacob Zinsmeister and his brother, Frank, were partners in Jacob Zinsmeister & Bro., a wholesale grocery business with one location on State Street in New Albany and a second in Louisville. In 1910, the partnership dissolved. While Frank retained the New Albany location, Jacob purchased the Louisville store, and in 1916 he moved his family to Louisville as well. S. Otto Voyles purchased the house the following year, and the Voyles family retained ownership of the house until the death of his widow in 1962. Mr. Voyles was president of the Calumet Fertilizer Company, located on the west side of Silver Street south of the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks. The present front porch of the home replaced two smaller iron porches that were damaged by the 1937 Ohio River flood.