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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Editorial Happy Holidays! And thank you list

    Hi Indianapolis History Lovers! First of all, we want to wish all our readers safe and happy holidays! Next: we have had issues with a few components of the website (map, log-in) and the elves...

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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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  • Posted in: General Twain Spoke Here: Plymouth Church

    Of all the famed authors to have visited Victorian era Indianapolis, who would you most want to see? A top contender would have to be Mark Twain, who stopped in Indianapolis in January and February...

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  • Posted in: General Flats Lost: The Lexington

    Image: Lexington Flats, 1906. Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society Ever noticed how very few large apartment buildings are built in parts to face into each other, with a  courtyard centerpiece? To this day, few...

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  • Posted in: General Marion County Jail: Indy’s Shawshank

    In June 1891, the County Commissioners decided not to build the new jail on the courthouse square. Commissioner Emrich had purchased the northwest corner of Alabama and Maryland streets, fronting 155 feet on Alabama and...

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  • Posted in: General Where the YWCA, Bobbs-Merrill and IUPUI Intersected

    When passing some hulking-whole-block consuming property like the Minton-Capehart Federal building, It’s easy to get distracted. For the brutalist architecture lovers, how much they love it; for those (like me) who are more into the...

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  • Posted in: General The “New” English Hotel

    Are you one of those people who turns lemons into lemonade? One time Indianapolis resident and dentist, Dr. S. B. Friedland sure was. It was the end of 1948, and the wrecking balls were looming....

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  • Posted in: General The Butcher, Miller, Love Murder and Madam

    Local butcher Milton Pouder ambled a few blocks south to his butcher shop on East Washington every day from North East street, at the corner of New York. He lived in a house on the...

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