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October 31, 2014

The Indiana Theatre stands guard over west Washington Street, between Illinois Street and Capitol Avenue, an eye-catching, terra cotta clad architectural confection, designed by famed Indianapolis firm Rubush & Hunter. Atop this historic former movie palace sits one of the […]

Indianapolis Then and Now: Roehm House, 1320 Villa Street

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October 30, 2014, No comments

In this circa 1906 photograph, the family of Frank and Emma Roehm stand in front of their home at 1320 Villa Street. This south side street was locate ...

HI Mailbag: Halloween circa 1914

October 28, 2014, 1 Comment

Reader’s Question: While doing Saturday morning errands at the hardware, grocery, and drugstore last weekend, I was amazed to see how commerci ...

Misc. Monday: Move to a New Subdivision! In 1916

October 27, 2014, 6 Comments

Perusing the pages of early 1900’s Indianapolis newspapers, you will occasionally come across an announcement for a new suburb–plotted out ...

  • Sunday Adverts: When Indy put the “Fun” in Funeral
    October 26, 2014, 2 Comments

      Ads from the 1914 Indiana Funeral Directors Convention, Indianapolis Star Funeral directors, morticians, undertakers… They get a bad rap. Admit it. You might cringe or giggle when you meet one at a cocktail party. Or worse yet, ...

  • At Your Leisure: Theater Under the Stars
    October 24, 2014, 10 Comments

    Life just seems better outdoors. During summer months, it is always enjoyable to eat dinner on one of the many restaurant patios downtown, take in a concert at ‘The Lawn’ or maybe catch a baseball game. Did you know that [&helli ...

  • Penny Post: Circle Tower, “The Aristocrat”
    October 22, 2014, 1 Comment

    Talk about conscientious architecture, worthy of a tourist’s visit: not only is the Circle Tower the Art Deco aristocrat of Monument Circle, but it was specifically constructed to minimize casting a shadow on the Monument. Postmarked: ...

  • Sunday Adverts: Indy Soothsayers 100 Years Ago
    October 19, 2014, 2 Comments

    If doubt assails you, misfortune threatens you, ruin stares you in the face, danger besets you; if you would win the love of one without whom life would be a blank, if you wish a speedy marriage with the one […]

  • Indianapolis Collected: A Road By Any Other Name
    October 18, 2014, 2 Comments

    In the fall of 2011, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. sparked a Facebook frenzy when it launched a contest to rename Georgia Street.  According to a spokesman for Mayor Greg Ballard, the goal of the proposed “re-branding” was to cre ...