• Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Kurt Vonnegut and the Red Key Tavern

    Reader’s Question: In recent weeks, I have seen several references on social media to an article that claims the Red Key Tavern was Kurt Vonnegut’s hangout.  Can you confirm or deny this information?  ~ Peter D., Indianapolis HI’s Answer: ...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: St. Catherine of Siena Church

    Reader’s Question: Hi, HI.  Last weekend, I bought an old postcard of an Indianapolis church.  Can you please tell me if the building pictured on the postcard is still standing today, and if it is, where it is located? ...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Epilogue Theatre

    Reader’s Question: I have been involved in several shows at the Epilogue Theatre at 1849 North Alabama Street.  I have heard that the building used to be a pharmacy.  I have also heard it referred to as Historic Hedback Corner,...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Jordan College of Music

    Reader’s Question: In the 1950s, my parents took me to music lessons at the Jordan College of Music, which was located in a former residence across the street from Shortridge High School.  The corner where Jordan once...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Origin of the Name of Kessler Boulevard

    Reader’s Question: My husband (an Austrian citizen) was asking about the origin of the name of Kessler Boulevard.  I could not tell him, but I said it was surely named after some prominent man in...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson (Part II)

    This week’s HI Mailbag column is a continuation of last week’s column.  The December 3rd article discussed the locations in which Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson lived during the early portion of her life.  As she was only twenty-four years...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson (Part I)

    Reader’s Question: What can you tell me about the homes in which Fanny Stevenson lived in the years before she left Indianapolis?  ~  Christy S., Meridian Hills  HI’s Answer: For HI readers who may not be aware, the wife of...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indy Parks & Recreation

    Reader’s Question: I saw that Indy Parks may privatize our city’s parks, which makes me wonder about the history of the park system.  Can you tell me the who, what, why, when, where, and how...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Ravenswood

    Reader’s Question: I have a lot of family history in Indiana, but in Indianapolis the only area I know my family has been in for a while is Ravenswood.  Any chance you have some history on...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Cotton Family of Pike Township

    Reader’s Question: I am curious about the origins of the Cotton family, for two reasons.  First, Cotton Creek cuts directly across our back yard.  Second, members of the Cotton family are buried overlooking the creek in...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Mansion on Cold Spring Road

    Reader’s Question: I’m pretty sure that after my father retired, he lived in Harry Stutz’s home on Cold Spring Road, which had been converted into apartments.  My dad was the “super.”  It was a beautiful home with acreage. ...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indianapolis’ “Automobile Row”

    Reader’s Question: What remnants of Indianapolis’ booming automobile history are still left along Capitol Avenue?  ~ Mark S., Indianapolis HI’s Answer: The earliest automobile-related companies in Indianapolis began operating in the late 1890s.  Many of the men who were...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: 411 Downey Enigma

    Reader’s Question:   My great-grandparents lived first at 411, then at 417, Downey.  I have a picture of my grandfather, perhaps 6-8 years old, standing in front of the home with his sister and mother. ...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Celtic Federal Savings and Loan Association

    Reader’s Question: I am trying to find info on what happened to Celtic Saving and Loan Association.  My grandmother had this certificate from 1936 (pictured below).  Thanks, Tom D.    HI’s Answer: Celtic Saving and Loan Association was the first institution in...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Westlake

    Reader’s Question:  I have lived on the west side of Indianapolis for all twenty-five years of my life.  As a child, I lived in the Westlake Apartments.  I heard stories of its having been a beach club and a place...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Residence at 1504 Park Avenue

    Reader’s Question: My friends live in the Old Northside at 1504 N. Park Avenue. We think it may have been a Vonnegut-designed home and built at the same time as and by the same brick...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Canary Cottage Restaurant and Cafe

    Reader’s Question: I was wondering if in your research you’ve come across a restaurant or tea room called the Canary Cafe?  My grandmother lived on the west side and worked downtown in the Aetna Building from the late-1930s to...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Building at 122 East 22nd Street

    Reader’s Question: Can you tell me about the businesses that have been located in the building at 122 East 22nd Street over the years?  ~ Jeff C., Indianapolis    HI’s Answer: In the years prior to the construction of...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Building at 1010 Central Avenue

    Reader’s Question: Could you provide some history on the former warehouse at 1010 Central Avenue?  I live in one of the new apartments and am really intrigued by it.  My dad thinks at one point...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: R. R. 9 in Five Points

    Reader’s Question: Can you tell me where R. R. 9 was in Five Points?  Thanks, Gregory Cummings HI’s Answer: The area known as Five Points is approximately seven miles southeast of Indianapolis’s Monument Circle.  The name...

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