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Thousands of people have inhabited these communities within the community

  • Flats Saved: Fletcher Avenue
    March 9, 2013, 19 Comments

    Due to the large population increase of downtown in 1890-1920, the addition of apartments was absolutely necessary; Fletcher Place was one neighborhood that built flats very early during this increase. The irregularly shaped Fletcher Place ...

  • Flats Saved: North Pennsylvania Street
    February 23, 2013, 5 Comments

    What’s your favorite apartment building on Pennsylvania Street? Many flats, including the Sylvania and Glencoe, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places Apartments & Flats and are also included in the NRHP St. Joseph ...

  • Flats Lost & Saved: Two Alamedas and the Avenue Hotel
    February 9, 2013, 3 Comments

    The 400-block of Massachusetts Avenue is one of the most interesting blocks in the city – historically and architecturally. Doesn’t it seem like it’s been neglected in history, compared to the blocks just northeast and southwe ...

  • Flats Lost & Saved: Northwest Quad
    January 26, 2013, 4 Comments

    The St. Clair, built at 107-109 West St. Clair Street in 1899, is a true example of a flat saved then lost.  According to the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for apartments and flats, John James Cooper of […]

  • Flats Saved: North Delaware Street
    January 12, 2013, 4 Comments

    Not too far from Massachusetts Avenue or Meridian Street, the 400 and 500 blocks of North Delaware Street were quiet and full of single family homes, duplexes, and flats.  Although not a centralized location, the area was quite accessible ...

  • Flats Lost & Saved: Mass Ave & Vermont Street
    December 29, 2012, 3 Comments

    The Sanborn map above is of the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Vermont Street, and Alabama Street in 1914.  Originally, the 400 block of Mass Ave was set aside for ‘religious purposes.’  However, by 1870, the area had establish ...

  • Flats Lost & Saved: Corner of Delaware & New York
    December 15, 2012, 3 Comments

    The picture above is from the Indianapolis Illustrated book of 1889. The block, not even ten years later, would become densely redeveloped as the commercial center of the city expanded and the need for more apartments increased along with t ...

  • Flats Lost: Memorial Plaza
    December 1, 2012, 3 Comments

    Have you admired the Indiana World War Memorial lately?  Or walked through Obelisk Square or University Park?  Before the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza was constructed, the area contained many upscale apartments and residential homes. ...

  • Flats Lost and Saved: The Lower Canal
    November 17, 2012, 2 Comments

    Before the Canal District we know of today, the one filled with contemporary art, public spaces, statues, and monuments, the canal functioned primarily for businesses – water supply, waste removal – along downtown’s west side. The ...

  • Flats Lost: The 300 Block of North Street
    October 24, 2012, 3 Comments

    If you ask anyone to list a few important or eye-catching buildings downtown, I’m sure you would hear the Murat Theater and the Riley Towers often. While this isn’t intended to be another lecture about how the parking lot explos ...