• Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Within These Ivy-Covered Walls

    Came across this historic house in downtown Broad Ripple. At least I think it’s a house; it might be some sort of business. I thought I got the front side of the place, but now...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: What’s the Worth?

    What is the worth of a “modern” addition to a building if it reduces the later worth and attractiveness of the building on the resale market? I’m not saying that this house is exactly an...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: A Mixed Up House

    We’re sure there is a historic home in here. It’s just not exactly obvious where it is. Additions and remodeling, neither particularly sensitive to the original, have really muddled the appearance of the entire building....

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: White Castle House

    Want fries with that? Just pull up to our driveway window… Here is a home from around the Meridian Kessler area (thanks, Sharon) that uses vinyl siding in an “interesting” way. Almost looks like a...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Arbitrary Density

    These four two-family homes on the south side of Morris Street in West Indianapolis were constructed in 2005. I have little to say about the say about the architecture of these new buildings themselves. Any...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Former Block Mansion Site

    As mentioned earlier this week in the Preservation Denied: William H. Block Mansion article, we feature the building that replaced that historic mansion as this week’s WTH.  This ranch-style cinder block replacement was constructed as...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: the Importance of Windows

    Today’s What the H*ll highlights why historic windows are an important piece of a structure, and why they are on Indiana Landmarks’ Endangered List. I think the photos speak for themselves. The building is located...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Can We All Agree?

    With today’s earlier post being more apparently a “Sunday Prayer“, here is a second WTH, presumably one that we all can agree on. It is located in Herron-Morton Place. While it probably has an interesting...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Barbershop House

    Today’s WTH is this home located at the corner of College Avenue and 15th Street. It is not certain if the home is a single-family dwelling or if it contains apartments (or if it is...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: 16th and Park

    This little vacant gas station is located on the southeast corner of 16th Street and Park Ave. Judging by the paint colors, I think it was most recently a Speedway, though that was many moons...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: A Greek Tragedy

    Just to the north of the Old Northside neigborhood lies this vacant home at 19th and Central. Vacant, but not quite abandoned… Apparently, the fake stone facade reminded some local artist so much of a...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Copycat

    We typically don’t pick on color choices for historic homes in What the H*ll, since colors are such a personal preference and just about any color could be historically accurate. However, we make an exception...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: 20/22 N Delaware

    St. Patrick’s Day was just last week, so I’m still a little bit in an Irish mood. I’m still having beer and hoping for some Irish luck. It’ll pass soon enough, to be replaced with...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: 323 N. Delaware

    Take a castle wall, remove the parapet, punch out few stones, add some glass windows and door in the openings, a steel fire door for everybody’s safety, paste on two royal blue awnings, and, finally,...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Fall Creek Apartments

    What the hell? This sad-looking building is the former Fall Creek Apartments [edit: Sharon Butsch Freeland tells us the original name was Jose-Balz Apartments, after the developers of the area], located at 30th and Fall...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Keystone Towers

    Keystone Towers has been in the news a lot over the past few months. Most recently, depending on your news source, the city is either planning to demolish the buildings, demolish and redevelop, or renovate...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Lots–I

    One of the most common WTH’s that we find are the cases where we think, “What the hell, they tore down that for this???” Quite often, this reaction is caused by the “this” being a...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: 122 W. 13th Street

    Today’s What the Hell Wednesday features this former Victorian home at 122 West 13th Street… In the early 1900’s, there was probably nothing outstanding about it; it would have been just one of many similar...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds- The Love Boat

    You’ve all seen it by now, what many of us refer to as “The Love Boat” –the hulking monolith sailing down into the backside of the Hammond Block at the corner of Delaware and Massachusetts Avenue. Friend...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds…Non-harmonious Marriage

    Scanning your eyes from the top to the bottom of this downtown building reminds me of a man captivated by a woman with a beautiful face and an attractive physique, but with shoes that distract...

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