I snapped the photo while standing in the alley between Elm and Oak, just to the west of St. John Presbyterian Church. It's a rather mundane contemporary scene, at least until you contrast it with this painting by James L. Russell, one of the Artists of the Wonderland Way.
Apologies to the Carnegie Center; staff was not aware
that I ignored the "no photos" prohibition ... but I didn't use flash.
In Russell's painting from 1937, described as the view from his backyard, it looks as though St. John's is located in a Bavarian village, not a residential area in New Albany.
The Artists of the Wonderland Way exhibition runs through April 6. You need to see it.