• Posted in: Vintage Flats Minturn Apartments, 22nd & Capitol

    The city is replete with buildings like this–loaded with potential,  sad and forlorn–a fading shadow of a former, glorious, incarnation. The namesake of this building is from its first owner, Joseph Allen Minturn (6/20/1861- 4/3/1943),...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: Lorraine Building

    The Lorraine Building, an extended-stay hotel constructed in 1891, was located at 201 West Washington Street. The location was incredibly desirable even from the beginning, because of its proximity to the current State House (completed...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: Fletcher Avenue

    Due to the large population increase of downtown in 1890-1920, the addition of apartments was absolutely necessary; Fletcher Place was one neighborhood that built flats very early during this increase. The irregularly shaped Fletcher Place...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: The 300 Block of North Street

    The Arlington, Marina, & Clarina Flats circa 1905 Courtesy Bass Photo/Indiana Historical Society If you ask anyone to list a few important or eye-catching buildings downtown, I’m sure you would hear the Murat Theater and...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Casement Windows

    Casement Windows.A casement window is a window opened on hinges either on its side, top, or bottom. Those casement windows with hinges on the top are known as awning windows, while those with hinges on...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Stucco

    Stucco. Stucco is a type of plaster applied to the exterior of buildings. Stucco is a historic building material that traces its roots from ancient architecture. In historic American architecture, stucco is found on a...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Oxeye Window

    Oxeye Windows, The Wilson, 643 Fort Wayne Avenue Oxeye Window.The oxeye window (also known as an œil-de-bœuf) is a small, elliptical window, typically with four keystones at the four points. The oxeye window frequently appears...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Fractable

    Fractable. Want to impress your friends with your architectural lexicon? Next time you see today’s Building Language, explain to them this little known architectural term. A fractable is a raised coping on the end of...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Art Deco

    The Circle Tower, 5 East Market St, Art Deco Ornament at Entrance Art Deco. There’s something about the Art Deco style you have to love – I’ve always been drawn to the modern elements of the...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Voussoirs

    Stone arched entrance with rough-faced voussoirs, Blacherne Apartments, 402 North Meridian Street Voussoirs. The use of arches in masonry is widespread across historic buildings in Indianapolis. However, today’s Building Language term explores the vocabulary associated...

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