This one is doing my head in a bit, but it’s located at 802 Lord Street, in Fletcher Place–and you can see it from I-65 if you’re looking for it.

In 1889, John D. Rockefeller established an Indiana-based subsidiary of Standard Oil, and in 1890, started processing¬† oil in Whiting, Indiana (knew I’d regret missing last year’s state preservation conference!). By the mid-1890’s, the Whiting location became the largest refinery in the USA.

How that connects to this little building, I’ve yet to find out.

I did, however, come across a small article in the December 10, 1924 issue of the Indianapolis Star citing the death of one of the Standard Oil office employees who had been parked in front of the offices. Chester R. Tryon died at age 25. He had “…gotten into his car while being pushed” and “…pitched forth from the car dead.”

Despite the sad, long-forgotten event, this is one of those little unexpected favorites, chanced upon by taking a wrong turn. Some of the best discoveries are sometimes made that way…

Got any to share?

2 responses to “Friday Favorite: Standard Oil Company, Indianapolis”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    Will follow this one! Friends in Whiting!

  2. Floyd Kehl says:

    Some eleven years later, I happened upon your post.
    I own the building in the photograph… saved it from a sad fate in 1989. Several small businesses operate from this location including Harrington & Associates, Incorporated, Entheos Architects, Coolant Wizard Manufacturing, and the de facto property owner, Shack, LLC. In the recent past,
    harold Miller of Miller Photography and other creative individuals have chosen to ply their crafts in this facility. Thanks for noticing this fine structure as I’m sure my father did as it was being built from 1912 to 1914. He was born in a house on Lord St. in 1902.

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