• Posted in: General, Then & Now Then & Now: Ardmore Apartments

    Ardmore Block, 1936. Image courtesy: Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society Preservation month may be over, but on this website, its a point of passionate advocacy at all times. Another one of Indy’s long-forgotten...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Ambassador Apartments, 39 E. 9th Street

    Ambassador Apartments, July 2017 (Image: Tammy C. Millott) Despite efforts to the contrary, the Ambassador is standing after 93 years and firmly set on its original foundation. Sixteen years ago, planners, architects, preservationists, neighbors and...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Canterbury Apartments

    The Canterbury Apartments, 1603 Central Avenue, as they appeared in 1919. Looking at northeast corner of 16th and Central. (Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society.) In 1914, the vicinity of Sixteenth Street and Central...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Wesley Hotel, 16th & Capitol

    Hard to believe how many buildings in Indianapolis have been razed under the guise of  “progress” or “enhancing” a neighborhood or block. All the harder to understand when a building fronts major thoroughfares with a constant stream of...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Why is that a Parking Lot?

    The rooms and lobby appear to be very well appointed for 1960s standards. (Image: eBay) When enjoying a spring day on the War Memorial Mall, it is easy to become mesmerized by the vast island...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Hotel Washington

    The Hotel Washington as it appeared in 1913, shortly after completion. (Image: Bass Photo Collection, Indiana Historical Society) Towering 17 stories over east Washington Street, The Symphony Center stands out gracefully among the other early...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then and Now: Vienna Flats, 300-308 E. New York Street

    Vienna Flats, 3 March 1910 (Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, W. H. Bass Photo Company, negative 18755) This view from 1910 shows the Vienna Flats, a 3 1/2 story brick, steel, and concrete apartment...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then and Now: Fourth Presbyterian Church and The Milton Apartments, 26-30 E. 9th Street

    Half of a stereoview of Fourth Presbyterian Church on East 9th Street, then named Pratt Street. Photographed by Charles S. Judd, Indianapolis, ca. 1875 (The Indiana Album: Loaned by Joan Hostetler) Finding photographs of Indianapolis...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: Virginia Avenue

    Renna, 1912, Bass Photo Co., courtesy Indiana Landmarks What’s your favorite bar or shop on Virginia Avenue?  Chances are it’s a two-story building that used to contain flats or rooms for rent on the second...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost & Saved: Honorable Mentions Pt 2

    Is it a death sentence for a building if it doesn’t make the National Register? Not always. Continuing with the list of apartments from the last post, the remaining half of the list ends with...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost & Saved: Honorable Mentions

    What happens to buildings that never receive historic protections?  Is it the kiss of death?  Interestingly, there is a list of ten buildings downtown in the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for apartments...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: I-65 Construction

    Do you remember the Indiana highway construction of the 1960’s and 1970’s? Many apartment buildings, and even more homes, were demolished during the construction of I-65 – impacting all areas, but particularly Fountain Square and...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: Heier’s Hotel

    The Heier Hotel, located at 12-18 South New Jersey Street, is named after original owner Fred Heier. Heier had multiple business ventures, including Heier & Shea and Heier & Son. Heier & Shea, with partner...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: The Woessner

    Corner facade, 2013, (c) photo by Kurt Lee Nettleton The Woessner Building, located at 902-910 Virginia Avenue and 843-849½ Grove Street, was built in 1915. The building is named after Jacob Woessner, a prominent Southside...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 3470 N. Meridian (Frontenac Apartments)

    3470 N. Meridian, the Frontenac Apartments (photo by Dawn Olsen)“Is that a jail?” The query came from a curious youngster, a boy out for a walk with relatives. With one foot on the ground and...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: the L’Avon

    What’s your favorite flatiron building downtown? This apartment building is a potential contender–one of the oldest apartment buildings in Indianapolis. Six years after the Blacherne was constructed, the L’Avon was built in 1901 at 615...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: Falling Through the Cracks

    How do historic properties, listed on multiple National Registers, become abandoned neighborhood eyesores? Lawsuits were filed against the owners of two such buildings, the Chadwick and the Lodge apartments two years ago. While National Register...

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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 Saved: North Pennsylvania Street

    Limestone detailing of the Sylvania, 2013, (c) photo by Kurt Lee Nettleton What’s your favorite apartment building on Pennsylvania Street? Many flats, including the Sylvania and Glencoe, are listed on the National Register of Historic...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost & Saved: Two Alamedas and the Avenue Hotel

    The 400-block of Massachusetts Avenue is one of the most interesting blocks in the city – historically and architecturally. Doesn’t it seem like it’s been neglected in history, compared to the blocks just northeast and...

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