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August 3, 2013

What’s your favorite bar or shop on Virginia Avenue?  Chances are it’s a two-story building that used to contain flats or rooms for rent on the second floor and stores on street level.  Virginia Avenue is full of rich history […]

Flats Lost & Saved: Honorable Mentions Pt 2

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July 13, 2013, 1 Comment

Is it a death sentence for a building if it doesn’t make the National Register? Not always. Continuing with the list of apartments from the last pos ...

Flats Lost & Saved: Honorable Mentions

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June 29, 2013, 2 Comments

What happens to buildings that never receive historic protections?  Is it the kiss of death?  Interestingly, there is a list of ten buildings downto ...

Flats Lost: I-65 Construction

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June 15, 2013, 45 Comments

Do you remember the Indiana highway construction of the 1960’s and 1970’s? Many apartment buildings, and even more homes, were demolished during t ...

  • Flats Saved: Heier’s Hotel
    June 1, 2013, 2 Comments

    The Heier Hotel, located at 12-18 South New Jersey Street, is named after original owner Fred Heier. Heier had multiple business ventures, including Heier & Shea and Heier & Son. Heier & Shea, with partner John D. Shea, operated ...

  • Flats Lost: Lorraine Building
    May 18, 2013, 7 Comments

    The Lorraine Building, an extended-stay hotel constructed in 1891, was located at 201 West Washington Street. The location was incredibly desirable even from the beginning, because of its proximity to the current State House (completed in 1 ...

  • Vacant: Old City Hall
    May 4, 2013, 16 Comments

    How many great memories do you have at the old City Hall building? The event coordinators of Vacant, a one night art gala on May 3rd, approached me to put a presentation together on the old City Hall building. Last […]

  • Flats Saved: The Woessner
    April 20, 2013, 1 Comment

    The Woessner Building, located at 902-910 Virginia Avenue and 843-849½ Grove Street, was built in 1915. The building is named after Jacob Woessner, a prominent Southside resident who operated a successful meat market, on the site of the st ...

  • Flats Saved: the L’Avon
    April 6, 2013, 9 Comments

    What’s your favorite flatiron building downtown? This apartment building is a potential contender–one of the oldest apartment buildings in Indianapolis. Six years after the Blacherne was constructed, the L’Avon was built in 1901 a ...

  • Flats Lost: Falling Through the Cracks
    March 23, 2013, 6 Comments

    How do historic properties, listed on multiple National Registers, become abandoned neighborhood eyesores? Lawsuits were filed against the owners of two such buildings, the Chadwick and the Lodge apartments two years ago. While National Reg ...