• 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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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Claypool Hotel…Menu 110 Years Ago today…

    Head north on Illinois to the northwest corner at Washington and back 110 years and this is approximately what you would see. This postcard, postmarked December 28, 1907 and reads: “All drunk & having a...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Wesley Hotel, 16th & Capitol

    Hard to believe how many buildings in Indianapolis have been razed under the guise of  “progress” or “enhancing” a neighborhood or block. All the harder to understand when a building fronts major thoroughfares with a constant stream of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Billingsley Florist

    Though Wiegand’s and Bertermann’s operated their Indianapolis floral trades for decades, some were not so lucky, nor so long-lived. One such business was tucked into a small space on the northeast corner of Ohio and...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Wiegand’s Sons Florist

    The florist trade in Indianapolis began about ten years before the Civil War. One of the earliest to venture into that line of businesses was a German immigrant named Anthony (née Antoine) Wiegand. He arrived...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Laundering Behind Old City Hall

    Local history buffs love to regale Circle City newbies with anecdotes of yesteryear about the city’s epicenter. A favorite story harkens to decades before the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument dwarfed nearby buildings. The original governor’s mansion...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Fave: Indy Loves Veterans

    Hoosiers will never be said to lack in appreciation for the veterans and heroes who have served our nation. Beam with pride wherever you encounter a veteran, because you, dear Hoosier, may rightfully brag that...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Downtown Prices, 1821

    Northwest corner of Delaware and Washington Streets, circa 2012 You already knew that Indianapolis became the capital of Indiana back in 1821. Any guesses as to how much dinero downtown real estate fetched back then?...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Laycock Manufacturing

    Recognize this view? If you frequent the canal, it will look familiar, as a view from Bugg’s Temple. Ever wonder what may have preceded the current shiny newer business buildings? For this site, it was...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: It is Great Here

    Postmark: Indianapolis  Ind    May 12 1909   3:30PM Message: Say it is great here. Enjoying it fine. Addressee: Miss Laura Guess, Horton, Kans (Our) Post Script: It IS pretty great here, especially along this...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Weather Report, 100 Years Ago

    Postmark: Indianapolis Ind   Aug 22 1916  9:30PM   Message: My dear sister: Aug 22. 1916. This is ___and I never got a letter from home. Can you account for that? I can’t. Don’t let...

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