We’ve featured the Bates Building before, so it probably looks familiar to regular readers. The building at 30-40 North Pennsylvania Street was a haughty example of Victorian architecture when built in 1875, with mansard roof, dormers, flagpoles, and ornate trim everywhere. The long-time home of the When Clothing company and the Indiana Business College (later University), the building was sold and remodeled in the 1940s. It lost much of its Victorian style at that time and subsequently became known as the Ober Building. It was demolished in 1995 for a parking garage.
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The Historic Indianapolis railroad/interurban/transportation expert, commercial architecture enthusiast, and former website technical guru is Nathan Bilger. A life-long Hoosier, he grew up in Columbia City, attended Ball State University, and lived and worked around Indianapolis from 2001 to 2015 before returning to his hometown. Nathan has a degree in Urban Planning and Development and currently is the planning director for Whitley County and Columbia City. Nathan lives in Columbia City with his wife Bryanna, four kids, dog, and mother-in-law. In his free time, if there ever is free time, he is a cyclist, railfan, and poet, among other things. He also operates the Indiana Railroads website.
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