Just in case you missed the news on facebook, one of our favorite old commercial buildings was demolished this week. It was a familiar touchstone and neighborhood anchor that stood on the southwest corner of College 16th.  H.I.  visited this spot a couple of times. The day before the final destruction and some time ago. Alas, no happy ending for this building. Just a dusty pile of vintage bricks and wood from the time when quality and craftsmanship were de rigueur rather than an anomaly.

Just some quick info, because there are numerous rumors and assumptions. In the early 2000’s, not one, but two different trucks hit the corner of the building (within a fairly short time period). Repair orders were issued and some shoring up happened, but the northeastern most part of the building was no longer and standing open to the elements. From memory of watching the IHPC hearing, the owners (as of last year) applied to demolish the building, but were denied, because this was believed to be the oldest, or one of the oldest, commercial building within Old Northside’s boundaries. Because estimates just to stabilize the building were in excess of $250,000–without addressing any issues of redevelopment, retrofitting, etc, and to implement a redevelopment plan would be at least 5 times that, it was determined to be cost prohibitive. Because it posed a safety issue to the cars and pedestrians beneath it, the demolition order was approved. If you ever want to revisit what it looked like in its place, outside of merely photos, we pieced together a short video–watch here, or look for our growing library of videos on our youtube channel: Historic Indianapolis

6 responses to “Enter at your own Risk: 16th & College, the movie.”

  1. Anika says:

    Great video! It was one of those buildings I had walked or driven by god knows how many times over the years…thanks for checking the city directories to see what was there over the years!

  2. Akacaptainrandom says:

    Bummer. I was out of Town. I would have enjoyed scavenging the rubble pile for treasures!


  3. Miriam says:

    Since this is right up the street from my apartment building, I went up there not long after it was demolished and found a few bricks from this lovely building. They will likely end up at my office where other building nerds will appreciate the need to scavenge bricks from a demolished historic building 🙂 So very sad that it was torn down. Now there is a big gaping hole where this lovely building once stood. The corner of 16th and College will never be the same.

  4. L S Reid says:

    Used to stop everyday after my paper route in the 1950’s for a 25 cent malt at this drugstore. Sad to see the old buildings gone.

  5. tammy king says:

    is that the building loy’s sandwich sop was in during 50’s 60’s

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