All posts tagged what’s in a name

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March 10, 2014

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 the nation, with construction beginning in 1935. The project takes its name from “Locke Street” […]

What’s in a Name: Murat Shrine Theater

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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, th ...

What’s in a Name: Barton Apartments

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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 Sc ...

What’s in a Name: Benton House

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February 17, 2014, No comments

Benton House                                               Location:  312 S. Downey Ave., Irvington A ...

  • 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 ...