All posts in Sunday Prayers

May these lovely bones be loved back to life

  • Sunday Prayers: 619 E. New York St.
    June 9, 2013, 9 Comments

    Homeowner Krsana Henry was devastated when she first walked through 619 E. New York St. Only weeks before, she had inherited the Italianate-style home from her mother, Emma Jean (Gina) Rotstein. Rotstein, as it were, had inherited the prope ...

  • Sunday Prayers: 931 Elm St.
    June 2, 2013, 6 Comments

    It’s a quaint neighborhood, one of green grass and fenced yards. One where neighbors wave and wish each other a hearty “Good morning.” One with trees, with color, with renovations (and even a couple new constructions). It’s North Sq ...

  • Sunday Prayers: Stop the Muddling
    May 26, 2013, 1 Comment

    “We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.” So said Bob Ross, who—through The Joy of Painting—taught techniques and positive thinking. His work was never muddled; his paintings were a balance of light and color and nat ...

  • Sunday Prayers: A Community on Cottage
    May 19, 2013, 13 Comments

    There is but one thing missing from the archives, photographs, directories, and censuses of the past: a personal side. It’s true that collections and public records are abundant with facts—one can find what year a person bought a house, ...

  • Sunday Prayers: 1415 Olive St.
    May 12, 2013, 3 Comments

    Charm. It’s one thing this gambrel-roofed property still has, despite the plywood that protects the front windows. Though the word “foreclosure” has been associated with this home recently, its outer appearance is still friendly and i ...

  • Sunday Prayers: Oxmoor Apartments
    May 5, 2013, 6 Comments

    It was a sunny afternoon, and the breeze, though light, brought with it the scent of smoky decay. It breathed through the once boarded-up windows of the Oxmoor Apartments and engulfed me and my fragile lungs with dust, ash, and […]

  • Sunday Prayers: Readers’ Choice
    April 28, 2013, 16 Comments

    It was my co-worker who posed the question. “So, you write about dilapidated properties, right?” “Yes,” I grinned, “and I’m always up for more ideas.” Historic Indianapolis appreciates and loves your comments, suggestions, and ...

  • Sunday Prayers: A Pair on South Park Avenue
    April 21, 2013, 4 Comments

    We’re curious beings, humans. The “air of mystery” is what attracts us but, ultimately, we prefer answers. Solutions. The backstory. We spend hours searching the details, combing references, and talking to locals. And we curse time an ...

  • Sunday Prayers: Paving Over The Past
    April 14, 2013, 18 Comments

    The intersection of South and Delaware streets wasn’t exactly paradise … but it was paved and made into a parking lot. Several parking lots, in fact. Though the lots are used (mostly by Eli Lilly employees, I assume, and also […]