Business: Gerritt A.Archibald Company
Date of Ad: July 29, 1906
Location: Downtown: 38 East Washington
Years of Operation: 1905- 1910
Notable: Gerritt Archibald came to Indianapolis in 1896 via Chicago after working in the wholesale haberdashery business. His namesake store opened in 1905 in the small, two story structure at 38 East Washington Street in the heart of the city’s retail district. A heavy advertiser in local publications, the store promised the finest in men’s hats. Despite these claims, the business lasted a mere 5 years. A 1910 ad unceremoniously announced the liquidation of all merchandise. This was not the end of Archibald. He went on to become a respected real estate appraiser and later owned several buildings along North Meridian Street. Archibald passed away in 1928.
Additionally: The little building on Washington housed shoe stores under various names for the following five decades. Around 1968, Best Steakhouse opened on the site and remained a stalwart for the next fifteen years. For some reason, this block of Washington remained vacant and blighted for the two decades despite wholesale revitalization. After surviving a 2006 fire, a convenience store opened in the location briefly before the acclaimed bar, The Libertine, commenced a craft cocktail craze in Indy prior to the Superbowl. Recently, a bakery and dessert bar has sweetened up this address.
Valuing = Supporting
Publishing HI every day is more than just a ’labor of love‘ (though we do love it), but takes hundreds of hours each month to create. If you are entertained, inspired, better informed, feel more connected with Indy or just value what you discover here, please consider becoming a supporting member with a recurring monthly donation.
Or, become a one-time supporter with a single donation in any amount you choose.
More old-fashioned? Checks or money orders may be sent to:
Historicindianapolis.com at P.O. Box 2999, Indianapolis, IN 46206
Thank you and HI-5! Love, The HI Team