Boyle Racing Headquarters was located at 1701 Gent Avenue  (photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
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May 3, 2016

Reader’s Question: Can you provide the history of who owned the property at 1701 Gent Avenue and the businesses that occupied it over the years?  ~ Jeff C. HI’s Answer:  For readers who may not be familiar with its location, Gent Avenue […]

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April 12, 2016

In 1905, philosopher George Santayana penned the oft-repeated maxim, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” To which Indy native Kurt Vonnegut promptly retorted (some 80 years later), “I’ve got news for Mr. Santayana: we’re doomed to repeat […]

HI_Hawthorne School
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April 7, 2016

While it’s no longer called Nathaniel Hawthorne School Number 50, it still serves students today. Now the Providence Cristo Rey High School, the school has been through a few changes through the years. At the corner of Germania and Ohio Streets. Sometimes […]

722 Harrison Street
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April 1, 2016

There are so many special buildings and places to love in Fletcher Place, but this one is a standout, as it is so unusual compared to other homes in the area. The earliest listing for the property found in old […]

HI_Turnverein Meridian 9th
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March 31, 2016

How lucky Indianapolis is that such detailed and well-crafted buildings still stand today–an unapologetic and ornate vestige of  yesteryear. This one, a magnificent red brick and limestone building started life as the clubhouse for the Independent Turnverein, on the northwest corner of […]

The Indianapolis Public Library was located on the southwest corner of Ohio and Meridian Streets from 1885 to 1917  (Wm. H. Bass PHoto Company Collection, courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society)
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March 22, 2016

Reader’s Question: I heard that the CEO of the Indianapolis Public Library was conducting tours of IPL facilities all around the city. I’m curious to know when Indianapolis first opened a public library and where the early library branches were located. ~ […]

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  • The Indianapolis Public Library was located on the southwest corner of Ohio and Meridian Streets from 1885 to 1917  (Wm. H. Bass PHoto Company Collection, courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society)

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Boyle Racing Headquarters was located at 1701 Gent Avenue  (photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

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Reader’s Question: Can you provide the history of who owned the property at 1701 Gent Avenue and the businesses that occupied it over the years ...

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