• Posted in: General, Then & Now Then & Now: Ardmore Apartments

    Ardmore Block, 1936. Image courtesy: Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society Preservation month may be over, but on this website, its a point of passionate advocacy at all times. Another one of Indy’s long-forgotten...

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  • Posted in: General 5 Indy Hotels You’ll Wish You’d Seen

    Above: The Grand Hotel in 1937 (Indiana Historical Society, William H. Bass Photo Company, #237,900) It goes without saying that the Claypool would be at the top of the list, but we just covered that...

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  • Posted in: General, Historic Miscellania Preservation Denied: Bates/ When Building

    In February 1874, newspapers announced that Hervey Bates, Jr. would soon commence building a new block where “Sharpe’s Cigar store now stands.” The first brick wasn’t placed until June, and yet Bates still expected the...

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  • Posted in: General University Park: Depew Fountain

    When Ralston originally platted the city of Indianapolis, he made no provision for parks. The populating of Indianapolis began in 1819 and by 1822, the population was approximately 500. Ten years later, the state legislature...

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  • Posted in: General How the Claypool Hotel Began

    Early vintage luggage label from Claypool Hotel (Don’t forget–May is preservation month! Which is why we are revisiting some of the best of what we’ve lost. Let’s not do that again. Mmmmmk? ) Of all...

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  • Posted in: General Preservation Denied: The Cleaveland Block/ Magnolia Building

    Magnolia Building. Image: Bass Photo Collection, Indiana Historical Society  It was May 1875 when John B. Cleaveland filed for a building permit for a new five-story brick structure at the intersection of Maryland, Kentucky, and Tennessee (now...

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  • Posted in: General, Then & Now Superior Design: Pembroke Arcade

    Original architectural rendering of Pembroke Arcade, Washington Street by Vonnegut & Bohn What would it be like if Indianapolis created such superior architectural design, it made us a destination for tourists and seekers of manmade...

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  • Posted in: General War of the State Flowers

    It was never about roses. That’s our national flower. This tale is about Indiana’s official state flower and arguments are still being made to change it again. Indiana overflows with flora and fauna (hello, dynamic...

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  • Posted in: General Forget Sudoku, Try Solving this Mystery

    You want a really challenging brain teaser? Forget the New York Times crossword or advanced Sudoku. Trying to locate unidentified historic homes of Indianapolis takes a whole lot of recall and other skills. This postcard...

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  • Posted in: General, Ladies Lounge Will Indy’s First Female Architect Please Stand Up?

    “Our profession, as an entirety is not fitted for women,” an anonymous male architect proclaimed in an August 1900 Indianapolis article. The same anonymous architect expounded further on the topic of architecture + women: “A...

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  • Posted in: General Then & Now: The Cuyler Studio, 1527 N. College Ave.

    The Cuyler Studio and home, 1527 North College Avenue We’ve all heard stories of the woman behind the man having to step up in the event of a family tragedy: Joan Crawford assumed her husband’s...

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  • Posted in: General The Woman Behind the Tablet

    Where Marie H. Stewart lived from 1916-1952 And we aren’t talking an electronic tablet, either. If you caught the story about the Lincoln tablet a few weeks ago, you already know that the tablet in...

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  • Posted in: General, Ladies Lounge Phyllis Wheatley Y. W. C. A.

    Anyone who has ever gotten anywhere in life has had help. Whether family, friends, teachers, community members– no one is completely self-made. What a noble endeavor to provide a leg up to those whose circumstances...

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  • Posted in: General Madam CJ Walker

    1998 U.S. Postage stamp, honoring Madam C. J. Ever wonder who your role models’ role models are? I do. What made Harriet Tubman know she could withstand any possible retribution to help other slaves escape?...

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  • Posted in: General Lincoln Spoke Here: The Other Marker

    Lincoln Marker When Affixed to Claypool Hotel One of Indianapolis’ big claims to fame is that Abraham Lincoln slept here. On the eve of his 52nd birthday, and on his way to be sworn in...

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  • Posted in: General Where Wes Montgomery…?

    Wes Montgomery, image courtesy Indiana Historical Society, M1178, taken by Duncan Schiedt In the pantheon of beloved Indianapolis natives, John Leslie “Wes” Montgomery must be in the top ten. Much revered, and often written about,...

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  • Posted in: General Then and Now: At Vermont and Meridian, Part II – 10 E. Vermont

    Above: a doctored image showing part of 18 East Vermont with the First Baptist Church at the corner of Vermont and Meridian Streets. Last week’s feature about 18 East Vermont Street, leads to the house...

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  • Posted in: General Happy National Handwriting Day from Indianapolis

    You love old stuff, right? Or else, why would you be on this website? Assuming that’s the case, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you find things like old letters...

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  • Posted in: General The Who and How of Indiana’s State Flag

    Mrs. John N. Carey was attending a convention of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in Washington, D. C. when she noticed something: many states’ delegates represented within the organization...

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  • Posted in: General Ghost Homes of the Old Northside

    It’s hard to imagine today, but Delaware Street just north of downtown, was not always the one-way superhighway it is today, flanked on both sides by large apartment buildings, commercial operations and a smattering of...

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