Friday Favorite: Classy Vintage Address

Written by on April 26, 2013 in Friday Favorites - 1 Comment
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Lockerbie Street

Cruising historic neighborhoods allows for many fanciful discoveries. One of the features of most every building is its number. Indianapolis started numbering buildings fairly early in its development, but because there wasn’t an efficient system in place at the start, and buildings would crop up in between two close numbers, 1/2 numbers were introduced. And there were at most, typically 50 numbers to a block. In 1898, the city implemented a 100-numbers to a block system, and for some reason, altered the numbers again (in some, but not all places) in 1911.

Alabama Street

Alabama Street

In the never-ending quest for what is unique and what remains of years past, the building or house numbers rendered on a glass transom of some sort is a stand-out. Most structures today have some cheapie metal numbers nailed up  (my house does, anyway) or perhaps, painted on, but few appear on so elegant a backdrop as these downtown Indianapolis examples.

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Massachusetts Avenue

Do you ever notice unique address numbers? If so, where are your favorites? Or, what style would you love to have on your dream home or building?

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One Comment on "Friday Favorite: Classy Vintage Address"

  1. Dawn Olsen April 29, 2013 at 8:19 am · Reply

    I can’t think of any other interestingly beautiful address numbers off the top of my head, unfortunately. (Granted, I may have a few buried in my photos of various neighborhoods.) These transoms remind me of the one the L’Avon has (which Jordan featured recently).

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