Month: May 2010

Favorite Fridays: Home History Hunting

Don’t miss your chance to ask questions on how to research your home–live tomorrow on “Hoosier History Live”at 11:30 am on WICR 88.7 FM, hosted by Nelson Price, author of Indianapolis’ favorite Coffee Table book, Indianapolis Then and Now–a must for all the lovers of Historic Indianapolis in your life! I never intended to be a Home History Hunter, I just wanted a historic home. And as a first time home buyer, I was completely ignorant. For those of you who feel connections deeply, you’ll understand those who feel their home becomes an extension of self somehow. I feel a...

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WTH Weds: Meridian, the most desired address?…

Or in this case, perhaps not. Meridian Street below Fall Creek in the early 1900s had the longest list of Who’s Who addresses in the city. Holliday. Coffin. Claypool. Chatard. Lilly. Rink. The list goes on and on. And speaking of on: time marched on, dismantling and destroying the majestic mansions of Meridian. Commercial buildings and apartment buildings took over most of that real estate. And then there’s one like this one at 2250 N. Meridian. The 1913 Blue Book says Mrs. David Kahn (and family) lived there. It is difficult to imagine how it may have looked back...

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WTH Weds: Gatling Gun Club

Followers of this website and the companion facebook page have psychic abilities, somehow knowing this building would inevitably be featured on a WTH Wednesday. Remarkably intuitive, these Historic Indianapolis lovers…From basic Italianate house to gauche Greek revival, who passes this place without thinking “What the hell?” (Choose your own expletive, or expletives as this case merits). One must ponder long and hard as to what is the biggest architectural offense being perpetrated upon the residents and visitors of our modest metropolis. Is it the one spindly column, a whittled down toothpick and its mismatched base next to the beefy...

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