• 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: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: Virginia Avenue

    Renna, 1912, Bass Photo Co., courtesy Indiana Landmarks What’s your favorite bar or shop on Virginia Avenue?  Chances are it’s a two-story building that used to contain flats or rooms for rent on the second...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost & Saved: Honorable Mentions Pt 2

    Is it a death sentence for a building if it doesn’t make the National Register? Not always. Continuing with the list of apartments from the last post, the remaining half of the list ends with...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost & Saved: Honorable Mentions

    What happens to buildings that never receive historic protections?  Is it the kiss of death?  Interestingly, there is a list of ten buildings downtown in the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for apartments...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: I-65 Construction

    Do you remember the Indiana highway construction of the 1960’s and 1970’s? Many apartment buildings, and even more homes, were demolished during the construction of I-65 – impacting all areas, but particularly Fountain Square and...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: Heier’s Hotel

    The Heier Hotel, located at 12-18 South New Jersey Street, is named after original owner Fred Heier. Heier had multiple business ventures, including Heier & Shea and Heier & Son. Heier & Shea, with partner...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: Lorraine Building

    The Lorraine Building, an extended-stay hotel constructed in 1891, was located at 201 West Washington Street. The location was incredibly desirable even from the beginning, because of its proximity to the current State House (completed...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Vacant: Old City Hall

    How many great memories do you have at the old City Hall building? The event coordinators of Vacant, a one night art gala on May 3rd, approached me to put a presentation together on the...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: The Woessner

    Corner facade, 2013, (c) photo by Kurt Lee Nettleton The Woessner Building, located at 902-910 Virginia Avenue and 843-849½ Grove Street, was built in 1915. The building is named after Jacob Woessner, a prominent Southside...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: the L’Avon

    What’s your favorite flatiron building downtown? This apartment building is a potential contender–one of the oldest apartment buildings in Indianapolis. Six years after the Blacherne was constructed, the L’Avon was built in 1901 at 615...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: Falling Through the Cracks

    How do historic properties, listed on multiple National Registers, become abandoned neighborhood eyesores? Lawsuits were filed against the owners of two such buildings, the Chadwick and the Lodge apartments two years ago. While National Register...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: Fletcher Avenue

    Due to the large population increase of downtown in 1890-1920, the addition of apartments was absolutely necessary; Fletcher Place was one neighborhood that built flats very early during this increase. The irregularly shaped Fletcher Place...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: North Pennsylvania Street

    Limestone detailing of the Sylvania, 2013, (c) photo by Kurt Lee Nettleton What’s your favorite apartment building on Pennsylvania Street? Many flats, including the Sylvania and Glencoe, are listed on the National Register of Historic...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost & Saved: Two Alamedas and the Avenue Hotel

    The 400-block of Massachusetts Avenue is one of the most interesting blocks in the city – historically and architecturally. Doesn’t it seem like it’s been neglected in history, compared to the blocks just northeast and...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost & Saved: Northwest Quad

    The St. Clair, built at 107-109 West St. Clair Street in 1899, is a true example of a flat saved then lost.  According to the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for apartments and...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: North Delaware Street

    Arundel, Vendrome, and Delaware flats; photo by Kurt Lee Nettleton Not too far from Massachusetts Avenue or Meridian Street, the 400 and 500 blocks of North Delaware Street were quiet and full of single family...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost & Saved: Mass Ave & Vermont Street

    The Sanborn map above is of the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Vermont Street, and Alabama Street in 1914.  Originally, the 400 block of Mass Ave was set aside for ‘religious purposes.’  However, by 1870, the...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost & Saved: Corner of Delaware & New York

    The picture above is from the Indianapolis Illustrated book of 1889. The block, not even ten years later, would become densely redeveloped as the commercial center of the city expanded and the need for more...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: Memorial Plaza

    The Chalfant, Courtesy Bass Photo Co Collection, Indiana Historical Society Have you admired the Indiana World War Memorial lately?  Or walked through Obelisk Square or University Park?  Before the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza was...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost and Saved: The Lower Canal

    Before the Canal District we know of today, the one filled with contemporary art, public spaces, statues, and monuments, the canal functioned primarily for businesses – water supply, waste removal – along downtown’s west side....

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