Month: April 2010

Favorite Fridays: Prosser House on East 10th Street

This home has always had a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ about it. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a stone’s throw from another favorite, Woodruff Place. If you’ve ever been on East 10th Street, surely you’ve noticed this sweet and prim little home quietly sunning herself on an unassuming corner. This gem is on the National Register of Historic Places. A brief search on ancestry.com. The William Prosser house, built in 1886 is stucco, scored to resemble stone. Prosser was a professional plasterer and this, his home, showcased his craftsmanship.A definite favorite… Photo from Ancestry.com, taken in 1958 Floorplan, also...

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WTH Weds: The Antelope Club

I hate to be trite, but in this instance, it is warranted: I have trouble deciding if I like the iron balcony, vinyl siding or the obscenely sized satellite dish better…Perhaps the fellas of this club trying to communicate with E.T.? Despite all the advanced equipment atop this former house, I’m guessing no otherworldly message has reached the Antelope Club. How about the lamp posts, completely dwarfed by the aforementioned satellite and Corinthian columns? The awning also seems incongruous. Has anyone been fooled into thinking they’re pulling up to The Stork Club: Indianapolis? The brick addition to the building blends with the...

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WTH Weds: 1609 North Capitol Avenue

WTH? How could someone think of tearing this down? Who doesn’t have a fondness for the sweet little commercial building at the northeast corner of 16th and Capitol Streets? Most people call it the old Crawford’s Bakery building, and still others call it the old florist’s shop. With all the information being shared on the Historic Indianapolis Facebook page and that of C. Resources, Historians—we have all learned so much more about this building have loved since first we crossed paths. This structure was built by the architectural firm of Pierre and Wright. Principal architects were: Edward Dienhart Pierre...

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Favorite Fridays…hint: it’s been in the news…

It’s been all over the news, so there isn’t much that needs to be said, except: Congratulations! The artists formerly known as Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana are now Indiana Landmarks. Profound respect and gratitude to the Cook family, who are Hoosier Heroes! What wonderful people and what an enduring, beautiful gift to our state and to posterity. Looking forward to seeing this project completed, creating an Indiana Landmarks campus, with the Morris-Butler House next door. That Victorian home was central to the first years of  Landmarks’ story. Magic still happens in the world, believe that! After the announcement The light...

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WTH Weds – 2021 N. Delaware St.

With this lovely and inspiring spring and its various hues, I started contemplating how color choice impacts our review of a structure. In this particular case, there are other issues as well, but I have to ask: what compels someone to select a particular color? Was there a color swatch filled dart board at Home Depot 15 years ago for the indecisive would-be painter? Was “colorblind” not considered an impediment to working in the paint department? Might one select a house color from the clearance/ discontinued section of the store? How would the evaluation go after applying such a...

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