Month: June 2010

TALBOTT AVENUE, not STREET

The old Tinker homestead, looking north from 16th Street, formerly Tinker Street Once upon a time, before there was a thoroughfare of any name or form, much of current day Talbott Avenue (within Herron-Morton Place) belonged to Samuel Henderson, first mayor of Indianapolis. A substantial portion of this land was acquired by the William Tinker family, circa 1850. An 1870 map labels that same tract of land “W.H. Talbott, a.k.a. Washington Houston Talbott, husband of Elizabeth Coram Tinker Talbott. 100 plus years ago, the local geography was replete with namesakes of these early land owners. What was once Tinker...

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WTH Weds: 13th & Delaware Streets…

Oh yeah, THIS is soooo much better than… I know some of you will maintain it was the former County Courthouse, English’s or some other building, but my #1 “What the H*ll?!” in the destruction department–residence–will always be the Bates-Allen-Parry-McGowan mansion. The Northeast corner of Delaware and 13th (formerly, Home Avenue) was, until 1963, home to this magnificent castle. Mrs. McGowan made the horrible, fateful decision to let this fantastic castle go to the Knights of Columbus. Bad move. …THIS After many years use as the Knights club house, this “fraternal benefit society” decided to tear down one of...

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Favorite Friday: Indianapolis Terra Cotta Company

It’s hard to think of any one company that had more influence on the look of Indianapolis than the Indianapolis Terra Cotta Company. The Indianapolis Terra Cotta Company (along with its parent company, the American Terra Cotta Company) was a prominent leader in the early 20th century in the development of architectural cladding and decorative details that were attractive, easy to maintain, and low-cost (compared to the earlier stone decorations). The repeated design motif was a popular architectural technique in the early 1900s, and terra cotta was a cost-efficient way to achieve this look. In the 1920s and 30s,...

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WTH Weds: County Courthouse vs CCB

This may be a little more “HOW the H*ll?” than “WHAT the h*ll?” What a loss! I’ve said this before, but when I see one of these glorious old buildings, raped and forlorn, it makes me think of someone kicking a 100 year old lady down a flight of steps. This is such a tragedy… The...

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