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HI-5! Secret Party at Golden Hill

Photo courtesy Faith Blackwell Photography If you missed this space a couple weeks ago, HI turned 5 on July 19th and we wanted to do something special to celebrate. So…the HI Team, HI Sponsors and HI-est level Booster Club members gathered for an exclusive preview tour of the Parry Mansion in Golden Hill, recently restored by Jerico Properties. (Many thanks to John Lethen and the Jerico Team for their work and the private preview). It was a ‘leave your shoes at the door’ proposition, and we all oohed and aahed our way through 21,000 square feet of mansion in David Parry’s former...

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HI – 5! We’re 5- Some background and our Top 5 Articles EVER

It’s important to mark milestones. Heck, it’s one of the most common ways we keep history alive–noting, year after year, the birthday or anniversary of significant events. With that in mind, we just wanted to note that 5 years ago today, what would become HI, began. And to thank everyone who has been a part of our journey! **BTW, Stay tuned or sign up for our weekly newsletter–in September, HI will have an actual party at The Hall to celebrate our first 5 years.** My name is Tiffany, and I moved to Indianapolis from Los Angeles in 2003 without...

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We Want YOU! To Share Your Indy Passion!

Not everyone has what it takes to unearth the history of Indianapolis and inspire–do you?  We’re not looking for people who sorta like Indy, but for those who deeply love Indiana’s capital city and are ready to help shepherd others into the know! HistoricIndianapolis.com is growing! In fact, our daily publication grew 73% in 2013, with almost 500,000 views last year! The HI team may receive specialized training, gain exclusive access to seldom seen spaces, attend fun quarterly events, get first dibs on HI swag and much more. HI needs your skills if you excel in the following areas: Compelling...

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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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HI Booster Club

HI runs on passion for Indy, but your subscriptions and donations are what fuel our website hosting, graphic design, event costs, and tons of research hours and we need and value your support. Please consider becoming a member of the HI Booster Club! HI kindly requests that you support the articles found herewith, by subscribing on a monthly basis. At the bottom of each article, you will find a paypal button. Select one of our suggested amounts or make up your own. Monthly Subscribers, in addition to the pride of contributing to HI also receive HI swag, and at the...

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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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