WTH: Recent Reno

Written by on November 13, 2013 in WTH - 3 Comments
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WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help?

We are not sure if this just closed or is about to open and has nothing to do with the windows being boarded. The renovation (?) looks new, yet totally mismatched for an old building. This looks like it was grafted from a petite CVS onto a small old corner building. If anyone has the scoop, we’d love to hear it.

Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  of the fine capital city of Indianapolis? Please bear in mind: the only purpose of this series is to stand for the appropriate renovation and redevelopment of the built environment of Indianapolis. No malice, no hostility, just observation and inquiry. What does this say about this area? And how can we make it better?

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3 Comments on "WTH: Recent Reno"

  1. Keith W Brown November 13, 2013 at 10:03 am · Reply

    Where ? is this attempt and where are the bottoms of the front wall? maybe if front was NOT boarded up the asthetics would be more pleasing to the eye. looks to be the standard way of renovating that has been going on lately, put some foam and chicken wire over the old brick/wood/etc and slap some stucco on it paint and be done, except when someone punches the new stucco and puts holes in the surface.

  2. basil berchekas jr November 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm · Reply

    This building, if rehabilitated into its original “storefront style” in the era it was built, and converted into a locally owned business serving neighborhood residents with retail could be a neighborhood strength rather than a weakness. At least it appears to be “half maintained” at present, although with a mixed up style, as it were. What side of town might this location be?

  3. Steve Herman January 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm · Reply

    This building is on the northwest corner of Capitol Ave. and 28th Street, and in the 1950s it housed an Army-Navy surplus store.

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