Month: April 2011

Butler in the Old Northside, Part 2

Following up on some feedback from yesterday’s article, here is some more on the former Northwest Christian College (later Butler University) site at 13th and College. Above, a newspaper article from 1910 describing the demolition of the former main college building. It also gives some history of the university. Being historic in itself, it offers a unique perspective on the university and preservation in 1910. And here are static maps and aerial images of the university grounds, which stretched from at least 13th to 14th and College to Bellfontaine. 1898, after conversion to the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum. Even by...

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Where Butler University was born

Ever passed this sign at 13th and College? Imagine 13th and College 150 years ago… Rather than Butler Bulldogs, imagine Northwestern Cardinals or some such mascot adorning the hats, license plate frames and sweats of Indy youth. It might have gone down like that, had Ovid Butler had his way. Despite his impassioned protestations, Northwestern Christian College adopted the surname of Mr. Butler, one of its staunchest supporters, in 1877. The first board of directors for the college was formed in 1852. Ovid Butler offered a 25 acre site at the northeast corner of College Avenue and Home Avenue—now...

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