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The Brookside Building was constructed by Foster Engineering Company at 2236 E. 10th Street (on the northwest corner of E. 10th and N. Beville Streets). The two-story, U-shaped brick structure was built using the Foster unit slab system of reinforced concrete and can be seen under construction in these 1925 and 1926 photographs at the Indiana Historical Society. The Brookside, presumably named for the nearby park, originally housed 14 apartments and 8 storefronts. Several pharmacies occupied the busy corner from the 1920s through the 1960s, including the Rossiter Cut Rate Pharmacy (as seen in this image) and later Ted Brown Drugs. (Courtesy John H. Boner Community Center, photo circa 1928)

The John H. Boner Community center (then known as the Near Eastside Multi-Service Center) moved into the building in the 1970s and in 2006 constructed the addition seen to the west. Today the Brookside houses Elder Alternative Adult Day Services and the Senior Center. Studio and one-bedroom apartments on the second floor provide housing for special needs homeless residents.  (Google Street View, 2009)

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4 responses to “Indianapolis Then and Now: The Brookside Building, 2236 E. 10th Street”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    An excellent addition made to an historic building we used to stop at when I was a “kid”…

  2. Donald Embry says:

    My Grandfather ran the Brookside Food Market in that building from 1951 to 1985

  3. Phil says:

    A rainbow end was there in front of the pharmacy one day in the late 50’s? I remember the TV coverage and the crowd.

  4. Joan Hostetler says:

    Donald: Do you have any photos/snapshots of the Brookside Food Market? Phil: Are you sure it was this pharmacy? I’ve heard that NBC’s “End of the Rainbow” show filmed at a pharmacy on the corner of E. Michigan and Highland Ave. after a big flood. But perhaps they filmed two shows in Indianapolis? Wish I could find the film of it.

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