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Then & Now: Hawthorne School- 75 North Belleview Place

Circa 1911 or later – note the Carnegie Library in the background (courtesy HistoricIndianapolis.com) While it’s no longer called Nathaniel Hawthorne School Number 50, it still serves students today. Now the Providence Cristo Rey High School, the school has been through a few changes through the years. At the corner of Germania and Ohio Streets. Sometimes history’s mysteries aren’t so quick to yield their secrets, and this one is no exception. While an announcement was made on Hawthorne’s birthday anniversary, July 4, 1904, that School Number 50 would be named in honor of the famous author, and that building was in...

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In the Park: Hawthorne Park

The Near Westside neighborhood is one of Indianapolis’s oldest and most well-established communities.  In its early days, it was largely a rural area, separated from the “big city” of Indianapolis by the White River.  After the arrival of the Big Four Railroad in the mid-1800s and the Indianapolis Belt Railway in the 1870s, family farms gave way to industry.  Foundries, mills, meat-packing plants, and other factories sprang up around the railroads.  Plentiful jobs initially attracted immigrants from across Europe, followed by migrants looking to escape the Jim Crow South. This working-class community saw many changes over the years, some good and some...

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WTH Weds – Near Fountain Square

Been doing a little end of the year tidying within the myriad photos on my computer and found this shot I took in May 2010. No clue what it’s looking like now, but I can’t say I’m very hopeful. Anyone recognize this one? Wow. WTH?...

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WTH: You Haven’t Heard?

It’s fairly common throughout the city–houses that have seen better times–and of course, there are as many reasons as houses. A small selection of such homes have been featured in this space for just shy of four years. The focal point of this column and the structures featured herein has always been to question the appropriateness of drastic and unsympathetic alterations and sometimes-infill projects.  A number of readers have argued how unaffordable appropriate renovations are and have asked what resources are available. While maintaining any home is a large financial investment, we advocate for use of appropriate materials and...

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WTH: Vile Vinyl

WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: South side Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  of the fine capital city of Indianapolis? Please bear in mind: the only purpose of this series is to stand for the appropriate renovation and redevelopment of the built environment of Indianapolis. No malice, no hostility, just observation and inquiry.  For those who need help or guidance in how to sympathetically restore or alter historic...

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WTH: No Use Abuse

This week, let’s consider more than just the physical, but enter into the philosophical also. This large building on 21st Street has been shuttered for 10+ years. Many neighborhoods have similar properties within their boundaries. Does this hurt or help–having an expansive commercial property in a neighborhood not being used? (At one time, this building was part of a bustling Talbott Village.) Large commercial buildings like this can add or subtract from its neighborhood. What do you think? Should there be limits to how many years a commercial space can be shuttered or is this irrelevant? If you lived...

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WTH: Recent Reno

WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? We are not sure if this just closed or is about to open and has nothing to do with the windows being boarded. The renovation (?) looks new, yet totally mismatched for an old building. This looks like it was grafted from a petite CVS onto a small old corner building. If anyone has the scoop, we’d love to hear it. Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  of the fine capital city of Indianapolis? Please bear in mind: the...

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WTH Wednesday: Commercial Corridor

WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: 1800 block North Meridian Though difficult to see the red brick on the greatest length of this building pre-dates the front alterations.   Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  of the fine capital city of Indianapolis? Please bear in mind: the only purpose of this series is to stand for the appropriate renovation and redevelopment of the built environment of Indianapolis. No malice, no hostility, just observation and inquiry. What does this say about this area? And how...

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WTH: Marion County Courthouse vs. CC Building

Marion County courthouse being pillaged and razed in the shadow of the ‘new’ City County Building, 1963 (photo: IHPC) WTH? Normally we ask: Will this hurt? Will this help? This happened 50 years ago, so the more appropriate question would be Did this hurt or did this help? And by “this” we mean the destruction of the beautiful Marion County Courthouse in trade for the City County Building? We’re switching it up In honor of the presence of the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference happening in Indianapolis this week. Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself–fom an...

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WTH: Pave Paradise…

WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: 1400 block Pennsylvania, formerly occupied by Peyton Wells Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  of the fine capital city of Indianapolis? Please bear in mind: the only purpose of this series is to stand for the appropriate renovation and redevelopment of the built environment of Indianapolis. No malice, no hostility, just observation and inquiry. What does this say about this area? And how can we make it better?...

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WTH: Sells

WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: South side Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  of the fine capital city of Indianapolis? Please bear in mind: the only purpose of this series is to stand for the appropriate renovation and redevelopment of the built environment of Indianapolis. No malice, no hostility, just observation and inquiry.  For those who need help or guidance in how to sympathetically restore or alter historic...

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WTH: Plain Drain

WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  of the fine capital city of Indianapolis? Please bear in mind: the only purpose of this series is to stand for the appropriate renovation and redevelopment of the built environment of Indianapolis. No malice, no hostility, just an observation and inquiry. For those who need help or guidance in how to sympathetically restore or alter historic buildings, Indianapolis...

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WTH: Mix Matched

WTH: Will this hurt? Will this help? As Indy evolved over time, the most popular of sports in “development” would appear to be demolition. In some instances, however, the residences in the path of the (overused and not always appropriate word) “progress,” were repurposed for commercial endeavors. In cities like Louisville, you have whole business districts comprised of such retrofitted structures. In Indianapolis, the practice seems much more sporadic. And while there are businesses that retain much of the original character (think tea house or bed and breakfast), there are others that alter the exterior look. Here is an...

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WTH: Case of the Blahs

WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Located: north of 2200 block of Meridian Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  of the fine capital city of Indianapolis? Please bear in mind: the only purpose of this series is to stand for the appropriate renovation and redevelopment of the built environment of Indianapolis. No malice, no hostility, just an observation and inquiry. For those who need help or guidance in how to...

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WTH: Give Me Gas.

WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  of the fine capital city of Indianapolis? Please bear in mind: the only purpose of this series is to stand for the appropriate renovation and redevelopment of the built environment of Indianapolis. No malice, no hostility, just an observation and inquiry. This gas station recently opened at 22nd and Delaware Streets, smack between two wonderful neighborhoods, Herron-Morton Place...

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WTH: Park it Like it’s…

WTH: Also stands for Will This Help/ Will This Hurt?  There have been a number of recent conversations at HI HQ about this particular weekly feature… We decided that due to the huge number of viewers for this column, we will continue to post photos of Indy’s built environment that prompts the wrinkling of a nose, squinting of an eye or a turn of the corners of a mouth upside down. We would also ask that you ponder the question when looking at any of these photos: Will this hurt or will this help the future and advancement of...

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WTH: More Food for Thought

One of Indy’s biggest problems is sprawl. So what can we do about it? Food for thought in this talk–which do you think we could most quickly implement here? [ted...

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WTH: Hello, Dolly.

This poor baby is so altered and top heavy and  that Dolly Parton immediately came to mind…a pre-rhinestone version, of the bubbly crooner, of course. We love Dolly too, but it’s not often a piece of architecture evokes her image. Simply enclosing the second floor porch and adding on the extra side-wing dramatically changes the look of this old gal. Sometimes, less is...

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WTH: Third Kind’s the Charm?

Presumably, this historic home started with horizontal wood siding as seen on the top half here. With the enclosure of the front porch, it looks like vertical bead board was added to the top half of the bottom half, leaving the bottom half of the bottom half to be filled in with some sort of blocks or bricks. Committing to one would help immeasurably. Which would you...

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