• Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Lemcke Building

    Lemcke Building, circa 1910. Note Deschler’s Cigars on the first floor. HistoricIndianapolis.com collection Hard to believe it, but under the shiny meh exterior of at the northeast corner of Market and Pennsylvania, is a structure...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now Off 16th

    Fredonia Allen started Tudor Hall at 16th and Meridian and the school moved multiple times, it seems. Tudor Hall eventually merged with Park School, which had started as Brooks School For Boys. Copied this off...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Capitol and Washington, Southeast Corner

    From Bass Photo Collection, Indiana Historical Society Former building on Southeast corner of Capitol and Washington. One of many properties under the huge Hyatt Hotel complex between Capitol Avenue and Washington, Maryland, Illinois and streets...

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  • 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, 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: Then & Now Then & Now: 1400 Block of Delaware

    A neighborhood is not just a collection of houses in one geographic area. It’s part of the identity of those who live there. It’s a patchwork quilt of stories–to the city, state and families. It...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: 1000 N. Delaware

    If you’ve ever driven from Meridian to Delaware Street on 10th, you may have noticed how it doesn’t flow like other streets; it’s disjointed. At Delaware, there is a small jog north before 10th Street...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: The Bertha Ballard

    Post card of the Bertha Ballard Home from the flickr collection of Evan Finch A la “Pulp Fiction” let’s start with the ending: this place is now an ugly surface parking lot, between Roberts Park...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then and Now: At Vermont and Meridian, Part I – 18 East Vermont

    The Indiana War Memorial is one of the crown jewels of Indianapolis, but much like the soldiers it stands for, it came at a heavy cost–in this case, to the city’s history and architecture. Some...

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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: Then & Now Sears, Roebuck and Co., 333 N. Alabama Street

    Sears, Roebuck and Company, 333 North Alabama Street, in 1929. Image: Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society   Sears, Roebuck and Co. opened its first location in Indianapolis on July 25, 1929, just three...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Shellhouse Building, 2455 N. Central

    Post Card of the newly constructed Frank Shellhouse Fireproof Storage Building at 2455 N. Central. Image: aubreys24.sg-host.com   Frank Shellhouse was born in New Palestine, Indiana in 1863. As a young man, he worked for the...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Climax Coffee and Baking Powder Company, 31-37 S. Davidson Street

    The Climax Coffee and Baking Powder Building at 31-37 South Davidson Street, as it appeared in 1924.   Industrialists settling Indianapolis in the early twentieth century built their factories as closely as possible to the...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Cole Motor Car Company, 730 E. Washington Street

    The Cole Motor Car Company property as it appeared in 1920. This view, the corner of Washington and Davidson Streets, is from the southeast, as you would see it today traveling north on I65. Image:...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Guaranty Building, 20 N. Meridian Street

    Guaranty Building, 20 N. Meridian Street (southwest quadrant of Monument Circle), under construction in 1922. Image: Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society   “The great fire of Chicago—the earthquake of San Francisco—gave both of...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now L.S. Stockman Drug Store, 501 N. Illinois Street

    The L.S. Stockman Drug Store on the northeast corner of Michigan and Illinois Streets as it appeared in 1908. Image: Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society   People who live or work downtown are...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Knickerbacker Hall, 1545 Central Avenue

    Knickerbacker Hall (misspelled) from a post card mailed in 1910 If you have ever driven south of 16th Street on Central Avenue, you may have noticed a big church on the southeast corner. What you...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Ambassador Apartments, 39 E. 9th Street

    Ambassador Apartments, July 2017 (Image: Tammy C. Millott) Despite efforts to the contrary, the Ambassador is standing after 93 years and firmly set on its original foundation. Sixteen years ago, planners, architects, preservationists, neighbors and...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Canterbury Apartments

    The Canterbury Apartments, 1603 Central Avenue, as they appeared in 1919. Looking at northeast corner of 16th and Central. (Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society.) In 1914, the vicinity of Sixteenth Street and Central...

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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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