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How a few places got their names

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May 5, 2014

Hannah-Oehler-Elder House Location:  3801 South Madison Street Named for: Alexander Hannah, Roman Oehler & Romena Oehler Elder The house was built in 1858 by Alexander Hannah, a harness maker from Wayne County, who earned a small fortune in the California gold […]

What’s in a Name? – Propylaeum

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April 28, 2014, No comments

The Propylaeum Location:  Old Northside Greek for “entrance” or “gateway” Propylaea are any monumental gateways based on the original Propyl ...

What’s in a Name? – Hinkle Fieldhouse

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April 21, 2014, 2 Comments

Hinkle Fieldhouse Location:  Butler University Campus Named for: Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle, multi-sport coach and athletic director, Butler Universi ...

What’s in a Name – Larue Carter Hospital

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April 14, 2014, 2 Comments

Larue Carter Hospital Location: 2601 Cold Spring Road Named For: Dr. Larue Carter, professor, Indiana University School of Medicine   Dr. Larue Carte ...

  • What’s in a Name? – Heslar Naval Armory
    April 7, 2014, 1 Comment

    Heslar Naval Armory Named For: Ola Fred Heslar, Chief of Naval Affairs for Indiana, U.S. Navy Reserves Ola Fred Heslar was born in Brazil, Indiana in 1891 and grew up in Brazil, Crawfordsville, and Indianapolis.  He enlisted in the U.S. N ...

  • What’s in a Name – H. Lauter Lofts
    March 24, 2014, No comments

    H. Lauter Lofts Location: West Washington and Harding Streets Named for Herman Lauter, Furniture manufactuer The former home of the H. Lauter Company is now condominiums on the city’s near westside. Herman Lauter was a successful furnitur ...

  • What’s in a Name: Lockefield Gardens
    March 10, 2014, No comments

    Lockefield Gardens Location:  Downtown Locke Street: Erie Locke, Indianapolis City Councilman Before becoming market rate apartments, Lockefield Gardens (designed by William Earl Russ) was one of the first public housing projects in ...

  • What’s in a Name: Murat Shrine Theater
    March 3, 2014, 1 Comment

    Murat Shrine Location:  Downtown Bir Murat, an oasis in the Nubian desert;  Joachim Murat, general in Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign. Murat, the name selected for the Shriner’s Temple at 502 N. New Jersey Street in Indianapolis, is ...

  • What’s in a Name: Barton Apartments
    February 24, 2014, 2 Comments

    Barton Apartments Location:  Downtown Mayor John Barton, 43rd Mayor of Indianapolis Barton was born in 1906 and graduated from Cathedral High School.  He earned an engineering degree from Purdue University.  He served in the U.S. N ...