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September 22, 2016

Recognize this view? If you frequent the canal, it will look familiar, as a view from Bugg’s Temple. Ever wonder what may have preceded the current shiny newer business buildings? For this site, it was once “The Industrial Building”, built […]

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September 19, 2016

Pioneer leader James Blake was a man of many firsts.  During the early years of the 19th century, he brought the first piano to Indianapolis, built the first plaster and frame house, opened the first mill, started the first charity, and supervised […]

The 1899 Building, formerly the Men's Dining Hall for Central State Hospital. Photo courtesy of 1899indy.com
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September 13, 2016

  When last RWAV headed west, we visited Central State Hospital’s Administration Building in the middle of its restoration and transformation into “Central State Mansion” by Reverie Estates. In the short time that has past, the Mansion is now a vibrant […]

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September 7, 2016

Postmark: BLOOMFIELD, IND   MAY 23 1910   12  M Message: Bloomfield, Ind.  May 22, 10. Do you recognize this building. This is where the “going down” was so pleasant. Did you have a nice trip to the “Home” ? I don’t […]

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September 6, 2016

In May 1920, The Indianapolis Star published a special edition commemorating the city’s Centennial celebration.  Then, in February 1936, The Indianapolis News came out with its own special edition in honor of the city’s 100th birthday. Now, I’m no mathematician, […]

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September 1, 2016

Hard to imagine as you whiz northwards on Delaware Street, that what today looks like this : used to look like this: Check out the archived extensive article about 1305 North Delaware Street to learn more about this captivating mansion.

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The 1899 Building, formerly the Men's Dining Hall for Central State Hospital. Photo courtesy of 1899indy.com

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This 1936 shows the great deals that could be had a Monarch Buick, a staple along north Meridian Street for nearly forty years. (Courtesy Indiana State Library)

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