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How a few places got their names

  • What’s in a Name: Benton House
    February 17, 2014, No comments

    Benton House                                               Location:  312 S. Downey Ave., Irvington Allen Benton, president, Northwest Christian University (now Butler University) Benton Ho ...

  • What’s in a Name: Vajen Exchange Block
    February 3, 2014, 4 Comments

    Vajen Exchange Block Location: Wholesale District, Meridian Street- relocated from Pennsylvania Street, between Wabash and Market Streets John H. Vajen, Indianapolis businessman & Indiana’s Quartermaster General John Henry Vajen was b ...

  • What’s in a Name: Aston Inn
    January 27, 2014, No comments

    Aston Inn Location: 6620 N. Michigan Rd. George W. Aston, proprietor, Aston Inn When Michigan Road was the main thoroughfare that connected Lake Michigan with the Ohio River, the Aston Inn, owned by George Aston, was an important location f ...

  • What’s in a Name: Flanner House
    January 20, 2014, No comments

    Flanner House Location: Near Northwestside, 2424 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St. Frank Flanner, Indianapolis mortician and civic leader Flanner was born in a Quaker village in Ohio in 1854 and moved to Indianapolis when he was a young child ...

  • What’s in a Name: Spruance Basin
    January 13, 2014, 3 Comments

    Admiral Spruance Basin Location: Downtown, north end of canal Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, U.S. Navy Raymond Ames Spruance was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 3, 1886, to Alexander and Annie Spruance, but grew up in Indianapolis. He gra ...

  • What’s in a Name: The Blacherne
    December 30, 2013, 4 Comments

    The Blacherne Location: Downtown Named after:  Suburb of Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) The Blacherne was the first luxury high-rise apartment building in Indianapolis.  It was developed by General Lew Wallace, the famous Indiana m ...

  • What’s in a Name: Charlotte Place
    December 23, 2013, 1 Comment

    We are delighted to have a first person account and guest contribution from former neighbor and artist, Dick Lutin, relaying the details of how Charlotte Place in Herron-Morton Place got its name. Editor’s note: When The State Fairgro ...

  • What’s In a Name: McCrea Street
    December 16, 2013, 1 Comment

      McCrea St. Location:  Downtown Rollin Hall McCrea, Fahnley & McCrea Millinery Company McCrea St., now a small alley in the Wholesale District, was once the home of Fahnley & McCrea Millinery Company. The company was origina ...

  • What’s in a Name: Davidson Street
    December 9, 2013, 1 Comment

    Davidson St. Location: Downtown, Cole-Noble Catherine & Alexander Davidson, daughter and son-in-law of Gov. Noah Noble Alexander Davidson was born to a prominent Virginia family around 1823. His father was Andrew Baker Davidson, born in ...

  • What’s in a Name: Moller Road
    December 2, 2013, No comments

    Moller Rd. Peter “Chris” Moller, Wayne Township area landowner Peter “Chris” Moller was a Danish immigrant born in September 1856 and who emigrated to the United States in 1882. Moller owned land along present-day ...