Archive for April, 2013

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April 30, 2013

The former Friends Church building at 13th and Alabama in the Old North Side has had a busy year so far. The nearly 120-year-old roof finally gave way this past winter, collapsing and exposing the historic church to the elements. […]

HI Mailbag: Curious Wall Lining West 52nd Street and Guion Road

April 30, 2013, 26 Comments

Reader’s Question: What’s the story behind the concrete wall lining 52nd and Guion Road?  The property is now owned by a church, but the ...

Sunday Adverts: Encyclopedia Britannica

April 28, 2013, 4 Comments

  Sixty years ago, before the days of Google and Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica was the utmost authority on all things from Aardvarks to Zebr ...

Sunday Prayers: Readers’ Choice

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April 28, 2013, 16 Comments

It was my co-worker who posed the question. “So, you write about dilapidated properties, right?” “Yes,” I grinned, “and I’m always up for ...

  • Friday Favorite: Classy Vintage Address
    April 26, 2013, 1 Comment

    Cruising historic neighborhoods allows for many fanciful discoveries. One of the features of most every building is its number. Indianapolis started numbering buildings fairly early in its development, but because there wasn’t an effi ...

  • WTH Wednesday: Commercial Billboard?
    April 24, 2013, 5 Comments

    When an ill-fitting Mickey D’s billboard is one of the highlights of a building, you know you’ve got a problem. This poor baby is a sad polyglot of remuddling, with local favorite, vinyl encasing much of the building, but a [&he ...

  • HI Mailbag: Hammond’s Grove
    April 23, 2013, 10 Comments

    Readers’s Question: Over the years, I’ve picked up a couple of postcards showing “Hammond’s Grove.”  Can you tell me what this place was and where it was located?  ~ Evan Finch, Indianapolis  HI’s Ans ...

  • FisherMansion in 2005
    Revamped Fisher Mansion on Marian Campus
    April 22, 2013, 3 Comments

    It’s no surprise that the extravagant entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher also had an luxurious home.     In late 1909 or early 1910, Fisher and his wife Jane purchased the old 20-acre homestead that they renovated and adapted to their lif ...