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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 […]

“Escaped Nuns are Myths”: The Roots of a Forgotten Riot

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October 10, 2015, 1 Comment

Did you ever hear about the riot sparked by horror tales, a Holiness preacher, and a renegade nun? On October 12, 1924, a man named Lindley wrote this ...

Agitatin’ on the Fourth of July: The Hidden History of Dietz’s Grove

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July 4, 2015, 3 Comments

On July 4, 1913, Americans celebrated their national holiday with pride as always, even as the world slouched toward the coming horrors of the First W ...

An Indiana History of Craft Beer

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October 8, 2014, No comments

Beer—drinking the frothy beverage has been a part of the Hoosier identity for generations. From pre-prohibition production to the rise of craft beer ...

  • Baseball of Yesteryear
    September 23, 2014, 4 Comments

    Did you know that the Indianapolis Indians have been around for over 100 years?  Or that Indianapolis hosted the Toledo Blues, a team with two African American players, all the way back in 1884, 60 years before Jackie Robinson broke [&hell ...

  • The Arlington Theater
    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 screen multiplexs of today, small, independently owned theaters sprang up around Indianapo ...

  • 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 ...