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June 30, 2013

  According to the Company History for the Max Katz Bag Co., Max Katz spoke not english when he came to the United States from Russia.  He spent some time in New York in the butcher trade, until he decided […]

Sunday Prayers: The Gladden-Stempfel House

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June 30, 2013, 2 Comments

The wooden giant on the corner of 16th and Park has always intrigued me. Its curved windows draw my eyes up and around to each detail. The modillions, ...

Flats Lost & Saved: Honorable Mentions

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June 29, 2013, 2 Comments

What happens to buildings that never receive historic protections?  Is it the kiss of death?  Interestingly, there is a list of ten buildings downto ...

Friday Favorites: The American Building

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June 28, 2013, 7 Comments

333 N. Pennsylvania Street Some people you never forget. Some places you miss like old friends. Such was the case with me at 3:00 a.m. on April 17, 2 ...

  • WTH Wednesday: Polyglot Plot
    June 26, 2013, 10 Comments

    You see this and you think?… First of all, you’re likely having trouble even figuring out what to look at first? Windows: Wrong Various forms of siding: Disaster Was this a version of patch testing paint colors–try a spot ...

  • Pan Am Plaza
    June 25, 2013, 4 Comments

    Over 26 years ago, Indianapolis was making huge strides in changing its struggling, rust-belt image out of that of a dusty blip in fly-over country into a mecca for amateur and professional sports. The national image of Indianapolis at the ...

  • What’s in a Name? – Spring Mill Road
    June 24, 2013, 7 Comments

    Spring Mill Rd. Seth Bacon’s grist mill, called “Spring Mill” Once know as the Spring Mill-Williams Creek Gravel Rd., Spring Mill was named after an old mill site located roughly where present day Spring Mill Road meets Kessler Blvd a ...

  • Sunday Adverts: Indiana National Bank of Indianapolis
    June 23, 2013, 8 Comments

    Before the days of online banking and tooth fairies who pay $1.00 or more per tooth, local banks like The Indiana National Bank of Indianapolis passed out dime (or quarter) savers, like the one featured here from 1959.  An account [&hellip ...

  • Indianapolis Collected: The Hume-Mansur Roof Garden
    June 22, 2013, 4 Comments

    Like every family, mine has it share of old stories that are hard to believe but difficult to disprove.  There’s the one about a distant uncle who supposedly froze to death on his married lover’s lawn in December 1924.  ...