• Posted in: General How the Claypool Hotel Began

    Early vintage luggage label from Claypool Hotel (Don’t forget–May is preservation month! Which is why we are revisiting some of the best of what we’ve lost. Let’s not do that again. Mmmmmk? ) Of all...

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  • Posted in: General, Then & Now Superior Design: Pembroke Arcade

    Original architectural rendering of Pembroke Arcade, Washington Street by Vonnegut & Bohn What would it be like if Indianapolis created such superior architectural design, it made us a destination for tourists and seekers of manmade...

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  • Posted in: General Marion County Jail: Indy’s Shawshank

    In June 1891, the County Commissioners decided not to build the new jail on the courthouse square. Commissioner Emrich had purchased the northwest corner of Alabama and Maryland streets, fronting 155 feet on Alabama and...

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  • Posted in: General, Ladies Lounge A Local Place for Young Women: Y. W. C. A.

    Christian women, that is. And white. At least in the beginning. It was getting close to 1900 and many young ladies were making their way to the big city of Indianapolis in search of employment....

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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: Then & Now Then & Now: Schrader Building, 101 S. Pennsylvania Street

    C.A. Schrader Building, 101-105 South Pennsylvania Street, home of C.A. Schrader Wholesale Grocer from 1901 to 1953.  (Image: Bass Photo Collection, Indiana Historical Society) The American Civil War had yet to begin when C. F....

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Burlesque at Empire

    Name of Business: The Empire Theater Date of Ad: April 13, 1913 Date Established: 1892 Neighborhood: Downtown Notable: Promising a bevy of pretty and sprightly girls, the star attraction, Zallah, featured her own company. A...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: More Than Just Jewelry

    Goodman Jewelers at 30 West Washington Street dabbled in “slenderizing” equipment back in the 1950s. (Image: Indiana State Library) Business: Goodman Jewelers Date of this Advertisement: April 12, 1959 Location: 30 West Washington Street Neighborhood:...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Mad for Millinery

    Image: Indiana State Library Name of Business: African Ostrich Feather Company Date of this Advertisement: March 26, 1916 Location:  State Life Building, 15-23 East Washington Street, Fourth Floor Neighborhood: Downtown, Wholesale District Service Provided: Millinery, Makers of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Shaping a Skyline

    The Pearson Piano Company in the Exchange block circa 1928 (Image: Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society) You can always count on being inundated by a small forest’s worth of furniture advertisements in the Sunday...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Barney’s at The Lincoln

    Ever wonder what Alexander Ralston might say if he strolled around downtown Indianapolis today? What was once a precisely planned city has been slowly butchered throughout time. The broad, diagonal streets that angled towards the Circle, giving...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Selig’s

    When considering Indy’s shopping legacy, many think of longtime institutions, L. S. Ayres, William. H. Block’s, or Wasson’s. While those venerable names are still remembered fondly by many, other retailers offered similar experiences and had...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: On Tour

    The La Tour dining room in all of its swanky seventies glory. (Image: eBay) Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Many a couple enjoyed a romantic dinner downtown on the holiday of love. Wonder what...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Snack Time

    An unfortunate truth about downtown Indianapolis streetscapes is the “missing teeth” in what was once a picture-perfect urban smile. Suburbanization took its toll, particularly in the once-bustling retail districts. One stretch that remained noticeably neglected, even after...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Indy’s Once Favorite Pasta

    Shorter and colder days, increase cravings for comfort food. And comfort food means everybody’s favorite carb group: pasta dishes. Unfortunately, Indy doesn’t have ethnically named enclaves like other culture-rich cities. No “Little Italy,” “Little Tokyo,”...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Marion Political Party!

    Did you do your civic duty on Tuesday by voting? Unfortunately, it looks as if many people skipped the polls. Nevertheless, Joe Hogsett will become the 22nd Democrat to hold the Mayor’s Office in Indianapolis. Many feel uncomfortable...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: There Goes the Theater

    The building once housing the Savoy Theater was still standing as of 2012. Have you ever driven down a street for the first time in years and realized something doesn’t quite look the same? A...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: A Lost Oasis

    Sometimes you just can’t stop “progress.” As the sprawl of Indianapolis spreads further past the boundaries of Marion County, small, independent communities are being gobbled up, their identities lost. Today, t appears that this phenomenon...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: It’s Fun to Stay

    You can certainly see the result of residential growth when driving around downtown Indianapolis and encountering numerous construction sites. All of these new people will certainly need more places to shop, eat, and play. A...

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