• Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Horner-Terrill Home

    The Horner-Terrill home, located at the southwest corner of Emerson and Brookville, was built in 1875. It was vacant for nearly 20 years before homeowners Amanda and Eric Browning purchased the property in 2011. (photo...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Being an Urban Pioneer, Being the Change

    Future home buyer Aaron visits a North Square property in need of rehabilitation. Aaron, who is interested in purchasing and reviving a vacant home, has turned to Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) for aid in...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Dear Katherine …

    Dear Katherine, I hope this letter finds you. It was difficult to track you down. In fact, it was practically impossible. The directories listed you as “Catherine”—with a ‘C’—so I can only assume that this...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 131 N. Gladstone

    I’m in the heart of Tuxedo Park, trying to remember what “Indianapolis Architecture” told me. My copy of the book, which is split-right-down-the-middle, described the Tuxedo Park area as “a middle-class area, not too near...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Dearborn Building

    “Cheery” is a word I would use to describe a front-yard flower garden, not an abandoned building. But when it comes to the property at the corner of 10th and Dearborn, it’s hard to attach...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers The Multi-Family Italianate on Olive

    You don’t even notice the house at first. It’s the lush, green thicket that catches your eye. The overgrown bushes, the heavy vines. The path to the alleyway that has been devoured by grass. Once your...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: the Shortridge-Voss house (1301 Broadway)

    “A country whose buildings are of wood can never increase in its improvements to any considerable degree.” Thus spoke Thomas Jefferson. The quote, part of a discussion on the durability of architecture, appeared in Jefferson’s...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 2015 N. Senate Ave.

     We meet again, plywood. Once more you grace the windows of an aged Victorian. Though you mark a property as uninhabited, you blend into the beige paint. I hardly notice you. No, I pay heed...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: The Gladden-Stempfel House

    The Gladden-Stempfel home, located at 1564 N. Park Ave., was constructed in 1898. This undated photo shows the home in pristine condition. (Copyright IHPC Collection, IHPC, courtesy Digital Collections of IUPUI University Library. Photo used...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Rivoli Theatre

    Downtown Indianapolis. Noon. At most tables, the lunchtime chatter was of clients, projects and “the kids.” But at our table—which was crowded with soup, a sandwich and notebooks—there was talk of an empty, dilapidated property....

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 619 E. New York St.

    Homeowner Krsana Henry was devastated when she first walked through 619 E. New York St. Only weeks before, she had inherited the Italianate-style home from her mother, Emma Jean (Gina) Rotstein. Rotstein, as it were,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 931 Elm St.

    It’s a quaint neighborhood, one of green grass and fenced yards. One where neighbors wave and wish each other a hearty “Good morning.” One with trees, with color, with renovations (and even a couple new...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Stop the Muddling

    “We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.” So said Bob Ross, who—through The Joy of Painting—taught techniques and positive thinking. His work was never muddled; his paintings were a balance of light and...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: A Community on Cottage

    These doubles are located at 1726 Cottage Ave. and have been vacant for some time. The development, constructed circa 1922, was once a mildly upscale area for newly married couples to start their lives. (photo...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 1415 Olive St.

    (photo by Dawn Olsen) Charm. It’s one thing this gambrel-roofed property still has, despite the plywood that protects the front windows. Though the word “foreclosure” has been associated with this home recently, its outer appearance...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Oxmoor Apartments

    (photo by Dawn Olsen) It was a sunny afternoon, and the breeze, though light, brought with it the scent of smoky decay. It breathed through the once boarded-up windows of the Oxmoor Apartments and engulfed...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Readers’ Choice

    It was my co-worker who posed the question. “So, you write about dilapidated properties, right?” “Yes,” I grinned, “and I’m always up for more ideas.” Historic Indianapolis appreciates and loves your comments, suggestions, and questions....

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: A Pair on South Park Avenue

    421 S. Park Ave. (left) and 423 S. Park Ave. (right) are currently for sale. They were built in 1865 by William H. Loomis. (photo by Dawn ) We’re curious beings, humans. The “air of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Paving Over The Past

    (photo by Dawn Olsen) The intersection of South and Delaware streets wasn’t exactly paradise … but it was paved and made into a parking lot. Several parking lots, in fact. Though the lots are used...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 3470 N. Meridian (Frontenac Apartments)

    3470 N. Meridian, the Frontenac Apartments (photo by Dawn Olsen)“Is that a jail?” The query came from a curious youngster, a boy out for a walk with relatives. With one foot on the ground and...

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