Ryan Hamlett

Ryan Hamlett, a Fine Arts graduate of Indiana University, turned a teenage fascination with exploring "haunted places" into a love of Urban Exploration or sneaking (not breaking) into abandoned buildings, armed with a camera and flashlight. That passion for photographing urban decay has led him to the Historic Preservation Graduate Program at Ball State University which he'll begin this fall.

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September 13, 2016

  When last RWAV headed west, we visited Central State Hospital’s Administration Building in the middle of its restoration and transformation into “Central State Mansion” by Reverie Estates. In the short time that has past, the Mansion is now a vibrant […]

The Arlington Theater

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August 12, 2014, 6 Comments

In between the days of the grand vaudevillian movie houses like the Circle and Indiana Theaters (now Hilbert Circle and Indiana Repertory) and the 23 ...

The Scot Butler House and the Office in the Round

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July 29, 2014, 7 Comments

This edition of A Room with a View is going to be a little bit of a departure from the norm. As I am about to take a little time off from HI to begin ...

New Life at Central State Part Two: Restoring and Repurposing

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July 15, 2014, 8 Comments

This is the second piece of a three part series covering the revitalization of Central State Hospital, the former insane asylum that closed its doors ...

  • B. F. Keith’s Grand Opera House
    June 17, 2014, 7 Comments

    Today, scaffolding surrounds the Consolidated Building at 115 North Pennsylvania Street in downtown Indianapolis as TWG Development, LLC restores the 1910 high-rise into apartments and retail space. But did you know that long before the las ...

  • New Life at Central State Asylum
    June 3, 2014, 7 Comments

    Editor’s Note: These sprawling grounds on Indianapolis’ near west side will be the subject of a three-part series focusing on Reverie Estates‘ restoration of the surviving Administration and Recreation buildings. First, we ...

  • Indiana’s S & S War Memorial Sculptor
    May 6, 2014, 5 Comments

    Every day, thousands of people pass the Soliders’ and Sailors’ Monument at the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It stands in remembrance and honor of the scores of Hoosiers who fought in the war between North and South. Did you k ...

  • Metropolitan Hall: Indianapolis’ First Theatre
    April 22, 2014, 2 Comments

    While the Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Indiana Repertory Theatre are the last remaining structures of what was once a vast network of downtown theaters, neither can boast as having been the city’s first. That distinction goes to Me ...

  • Riverside Pumping Station
    April 8, 2014, 2 Comments

    Looking north from West 10th Street by the IUPUI/Eskenazi Health campus, a lonesome, grand municipal building peers back from the other side of Fall Creek. What was once the crown jewel of the Indianapolis Water Company is now as forgotten ...