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  • Posted in: Bicycles, Editorial International Cycling History Conference in Indy

    If you monitor this website now and then, you will know that new content hasn’t been added for quite some time, while I work on a book about Indianapolis wheel history. And when I say...

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  • 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: Historic Miscellania Public Transportation in 1940 Indianapolis

    “Car and Bus Routings and Stops, Downtown” All aboard the time machine again…let’s head back to Indianapolis of 1940 to look at how we were maneuvering to and from home and downtown. This map is...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Connection: Court & Crown Hill

    East entrance to Crown Hill designed by beloved Indianapolis architect, Adolph Scherrer Yes, that’s right, folks. Connections abound here, and what fun it is to figure them all out. Take a close look at the...

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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: Historic Miscellania State Fair 1885 Poster

    If you look on the bottom half of the image above, you will see the main Exposition Building (constructed in 1872) when the State Fair took place in what was to become Morton Place. Subsequently,...

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  • Posted in: Editorial This Moment is History in the Making

    image: from The Recorder Collection, Indiana Historical Society  HistoricIndianapolis.com was conceived to contribute to the local community by creating new points of connection from old places, people and events. Since this website primarily focuses on the...

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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 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: Editorial HI….jinks

    Hi Friends and Fans– My name is Tiffany and I am the captain and cruise director here at “H.I.” I would like to sincerely thank every reader, contributor, commenter, sponsor, donor, newsletter subscriber, social media...

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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: 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: 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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