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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: County Courthouse vs CCB

    This may be a little more “HOW the H*ll?” than “WHAT the h*ll?” What a loss! I’ve said this before, but when I see one of these glorious old buildings, raped and forlorn, it makes...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Meridian, the most desired address?…

    Or in this case, perhaps not. Meridian Street below Fall Creek in the early 1900s had the longest list of Who’s Who addresses in the city. Holliday. Coffin. Claypool. Chatard. Lilly. Rink. The list goes...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Gatling Gun Club

    Followers of this website and the companion facebook page have psychic abilities, somehow knowing this building would inevitably be featured on a WTH Wednesday. Remarkably intuitive, these Historic Indianapolis lovers…From basic Italianate house to gauche...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: The Antelope Club

    I hate to be trite, but in this instance, it is warranted: I have trouble deciding if I like the iron balcony, vinyl siding or the obscenely sized satellite dish better…Perhaps the fellas of this club...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: 1609 North Capitol Avenue

    WTH? How could someone think of tearing this down? Who doesn’t have a fondness for the sweet little commercial building at the northeast corner of 16th and Capitol Streets? Most people call it the old...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Favorite Fridays…hint: it’s been in the news…

    It’s been all over the news, so there isn’t much that needs to be said, except: Congratulations! The artists formerly known as Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana are now Indiana Landmarks. Profound respect and gratitude to...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds – 2021 N. Delaware St.

    With this lovely and inspiring spring and its various hues, I started contemplating how color choice impacts our review of a structure. In this particular case, there are other issues as well, but I have...

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  • Posted in: WTH Introducing: WTH Wednesday

    Introducing : WTH Wednesdays Taking a cue from the National Trust’s YIKES features (post note: this originally had a link to those features, but all traces of the series has been wiped from online archives),...

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  • Posted in: Heritage Steward Historic Indianapolis Hero: J. Scott Keller

    Lockerbie Court (1901) one of numerous structures Scott Keller helped save Preservation and service to the community is just in some people’s blood. Scott Keller, an indefatigable preservationist and community contributor happens to have come...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania News: January 4, 1910–Death at the Murat yesterday

    Have you ever contemplated the whole story of the buildings you admire? Sure, you wonder when something was built, who desgined it and attempt to identify the style without reference books. But how often do...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania 100 Years Ago today…1/3/1910- Mayor Shank Sworn In

    Samuel Lewis Shank, Mayor of Indianapolis from 1910 to 1913 and again from 1922-1925, seen here on the front of City Hall 100 Years Ago today, Mayor Shank was sworn in at what was then...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Old City Hall

    Formerly the New City Hall After years of having offices in the basement of the beautiful old Marion County courthouse, the city offices had to relocate to make space for the expanding county business. Indianapolis...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Odd Fellows in Downtown Indianapolis

    A book published in 1870 featured this depiction of the old OddFellows Hall. It stood on the Northeast corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Streets. It cost $30,000 to construct in addition to the $17,000 for the real estate...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Destruction at College and Fairfield

    Nearing 38th Street, just south of Fairfield, on the west side of the street, something seemed off.  An expanse of bald land, large earth moving equipment in its vicinity, it hit me: another historic corner...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Fave: Propylaeum Marked!

    Tomorrow, September 24, , is the 7th anniversary of the installation of the  Propylaeum’s historical marker How often have you passed the beautiful building at 1410 North Delaware Street? Drop the word “Propylaeum” in a...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania 100 YEARS AGO AUGUST 1909

    Wednesday, August 4, 1909- Mrs. Frank Carvin gave an informal luncheon at her home, at 2131 N. Central Avenue (where the liquor store currently stands on the South East corner of 22nd and Central)when she...

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