• Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Will the Real Historic Home Please Come Forward?

    Boarded windows notwithstanding, notice any other issues?...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH? Gone Fishing?

    You can see that something’s amiss here, can’t you? Above image featured in February 2011. Yep. WTH is on hiatus as we look for a contributor to continue the most popular (and most contentious) series...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wes: Cantilevered Catastrophe

     Editor’s Note: This is the last post by the Luke & Michael duo, and if some other brave soul is interested in helping continue this feature, please email: feedback@historicindianapolis (dot) com – would love to...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Dormer Domination

      It’s hard to really describe style-defining characteristics of this house, considering the façade-obscuring shrubs and trees. As near as we can tell this house’s style is Black Forest Revival. What we can see from...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Spanish Unrevival

      These Spanish Colonial Revival houses on Winthrop Avenue could have a lot going for them. The architectural style is fairly unique in the Midwest and adds interest to this street of homes from the...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: The Large and Small of It

      The building facade looks intact…   A nondescript commercial building…. Like many houses on this portion of Washington Boulevard, today’s property was repurposed for commercial use. However this building has been seriously transformed through a...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: The Forbidden Cottage

    You haven’t stumbled across an ancient Chinese palace. It is a cottage in Fletcher Place, which happens to have a very imposing craftsman gateway structure. This wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, but the cottage is...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Happy 4th, No fireworks, Let’s Burn Some History

    What better way to celebrate your freedoms as an American citizen than defiling and burning a place, eh? With the fireworks ban in effect, clearly someone decided that they’d create their own sparklers by setting...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: The Odd Couple

    There is a cabin on the banks of a cool, clear, mountain stream fed by glacier melt, nestled among the firs. Deer frolic in the meadows.  All is well is here. Almost… except for that...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Rhapsody in a Kind of Blue

    Franco-Spanish Colonial Revival-Moderne anyone? We are stumped as to what is actually happening with this house, what is original, and the design intent. We can however, point out  key architectural characteristics evidencing some sort of...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: More Delaware Brick Issues…

    In bailing Michael out of jail for so-called ‘reckless driving’ on Delaware Street, we came by this beauty. The grey commercial building once had many beautiful arched windows. These have since been bricked in and...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Brick-à-brac

    While driving recklessly down Delaware Street, we had to slow to 45 MPH to take note of this unique historic duplex-that-wants-to-be-a-row-house.  At first we thought this was a Post-Modern, early 2oth Century revival, but on further...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: You’ve got mail and…

    We felt there wasn’t something quite right about this house. It’s the mailbox isn’t it? Pertinent Address: 5100 Block of College Avenue...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: A Rail of a Tale

    We can only imagine the next thing on the to-do list: Buy a vinyl porch railing. Pertinent Address: 2200 Block of Capitol...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Fenestrative Palimpsest

    Remember children, it can always get worse. With replacement windows and vernacular renovations, it typically does.  In this case, despite the vinyl siding, windows, and post-modern vernacular porch enclosure, many of the original cottage Victorian...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: For Whom the Bell Tolls…

    This house, turned seemingly unoccupied apartment building, in the 1700 block of Bellefontaine Street, is the perfect example of what not to do when converting a historic property. Not only is it visually offensive in almost...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Think Outside the Box!

    Clearly the person who remodeled this house knew covering the windows with vinyl siding was a bad idea. However, those instincts can only get you so far: in this case whatever the hell this frame...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: A Dormer of Titanic Proportions

    This DIY disaster isn’t 100 years in the making, but we can safely say this house is unsinkable. Bet those portholes have a great view at sunset! Pertinent Address: 2300 Block, Prospect Street...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Where’s a Good Balconette When You Need One?

    It seems that this mid-century commercial building lost a wrestling match with a salt-box house. Pertinent Address: The 1000 Block of South Keystone...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Balconette Comes Up Short

    We can think of at least 47 occasions where a wrought iron balconette is appropriate and necessary—eighteen inches off the ground on a Victorian cottage did not make our list. Pertinent Address: Lexington Avenue, Fountain...

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