• Posted in: Editorial Happy Holidays! And thank you list

    Hi Indianapolis History Lovers! First of all, we want to wish all our readers safe and happy holidays! Next: we have had issues with a few components of the website (map, log-in) and the elves...

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  • Posted in: General Ghost Homes of the Old Northside

    It’s hard to imagine today, but Delaware Street just north of downtown, was not always the one-way superhighway it is today, flanked on both sides by large apartment buildings, commercial operations and a smattering of...

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  • Posted in: General Twain Spoke Here: Plymouth Church

    Of all the famed authors to have visited Victorian era Indianapolis, who would you most want to see? A top contender would have to be Mark Twain, who stopped in Indianapolis in January and February...

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  • Posted in: General Flats Lost: The Lexington

    Image: Lexington Flats, 1906. Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society Ever noticed how very few large apartment buildings are built in parts to face into each other, with a  courtyard centerpiece? To this day, few...

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  • Posted in: General Marion County Jail: Indy’s Shawshank

    In June 1891, the County Commissioners decided not to build the new jail on the courthouse square. Commissioner Emrich had purchased the northwest corner of Alabama and Maryland streets, fronting 155 feet on Alabama and...

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  • Posted in: General Where the YWCA, Bobbs-Merrill and IUPUI Intersected

    When passing some hulking-whole-block consuming property like the Minton-Capehart Federal building, It’s easy to get distracted. For the brutalist architecture lovers, how much they love it; for those (like me) who are more into the...

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  • Posted in: General The “New” English Hotel

    Are you one of those people who turns lemons into lemonade? One time Indianapolis resident and dentist, Dr. S. B. Friedland sure was. It was the end of 1948, and the wrecking balls were looming....

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  • Posted in: General The Butcher, Miller, Love Murder and Madam

    Local butcher Milton Pouder ambled a few blocks south to his butcher shop on East Washington every day from North East street, at the corner of New York. He lived in a house on the...

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  • Posted in: General When Saks came to Indy

    If you like a spot of shopping or just window wishing at a high end retailer, this one’s for you. Saks Fifth Avenue is home to some of the most extravagant items available in Indiana’s...

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  • Posted in: General Grand Entrance: Union Station

    It’s no secret that Union Station is one of the most beautiful historic buildings left in Indianapolis. It just celebrated its 130th anniversary on September 17. And while it’s been well covered on our site...

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  • Posted in: General, Ladies Lounge A Local Place for Young Women: Y. W. C. A.

    Christian women, that is. And white. At least in the beginning. It was getting close to 1900 and many young ladies were making their way to the big city of Indianapolis in search of employment....

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  • Posted in: General When Bad Things Happen to Good Buildings

    It’s usually under the guise of “improvement” and “modernization,” but even with less than perfect vision, they aren’t fooling any of us: bad things happen to good buildings. You know it when you see it:...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now No Longer Standing- 2408 N. Meridian

    Meridian Street. The name alone has prestige. Say you live or have an office on this street, and you have instant cool and cache. The mention of the name of our city’s east/ west division...

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  • Posted in: General Should You Get a Souvenir?

    The last time you took a trip somewhere special, did you get a souvenir? If you didn’t, you are probably in the minority. For some reason, many of us want to take home a physical...

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  • Posted in: General Changing Street Names: 38th and Maple

    If you’ve lived in Indianapolis for any measurable amount of time, you’ve likely heard that 38th Street used to be Maple Road, but did you know Maple Road used to be 38th Street? Huh? Yep,...

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  • Posted in: General Formerly on the Circle: American Central Life Building

    If you’re the type to contemplate the stories behind buildings and locations, this may be of interest to you. If you’ve done so from the vantage point of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument looking northeast,...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Happy Birthday Virginia Keep Clark!

    Ever been hooked by an idea, person or place? Something that just infinitely fascinates or possibly even obsesses you? While that pretty well summarizes my love of Indianapolis history, there is an artist who has...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Minturn Apartments, 22nd & Capitol

    The city is replete with buildings like this–loaded with potential,  sad and forlorn–a fading shadow of a former, glorious, incarnation. The namesake of this building is from its first owner, Joseph Allen Minturn (6/20/1861- 4/3/1943),...

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