• Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: An Indianapolis Souvenir

    The Indianapolis News Souvenir Post Card Indiana Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument Das Deutsche Haus – Indianapolis, Ind. This past weekend the Athenaeum and the Rathskeller celebrated all things German culture with GermanFest. But when Indianapolis’...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

    Historic Legacy * Education Resource * Local Treasure To some avid HI architecture fans, he might not be considered  the “favorite Indy Vonnegut,” but to others, it will always be author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. –who emerged as...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Residence at 1504 Park Avenue

    Reader’s Question: My friends live in the Old Northside at 1504 N. Park Avenue. We think it may have been a Vonnegut-designed home and built at the same time as and by the same brick...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Residence at 429 East Michigan Street

    Reader’s Question: Whenever I park on Michigan Street near the Athenaeum, I always notice the whitewashed building at 429 East Michigan Street. It seems older than the buildings around it, for some reason. It’s just...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indianapolis Turnvereins

    Reader’s Question:  When I was growing up, we were members of a gym called (I think) the Lincoln Turners. My dad’s side of the family was German, and I remember being told something about German...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: The Smallest of Details

    Momentarily evoking the dining room scene in James Cameron’s 1997 film “Titanic,” this spoon on display in the Athenaeum here in Indianapolis, is representative of an era that cared about the smallest of details. Scrutinize...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites The Least You Should Know About the Athenaeum

    The location of what we now know as The Athenaeum was chosen for its proximity to a main transportation line, in one of the most densely populated sections of the city and near “Germantown,” which...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Das Deutsche Haus / Athenaeum

    Library of Congress, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, copyright 1904 As a short history for Historic Indianapolis.com fans who plan to attend the International I-Spy Game this Saturday, we repeat Joan Hostetler’s Das Deutsche Haus /...

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  • Posted in: A Room with a View Room With a View: Athenaeum Rooftop

    As of yesterday, Athenaeum Foundation Executive Director, Cassie Stockamp has taken up camping on the roof of the Athenaeum to help raise money for the elaborate and beloved building at the intersection of Michigan and...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Where the Athenaeum and Lincoln Collide

    Athenaeum Copyright © Indiana Historical Society Editor’s Note: Welcome new contributor, Dennis Horvath (see bio below) a bi-weekly contributor for an “Indy Auto” series. Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions and encouragement. Others interested...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Rustication

    Rustication. Rustication is found in ashlar masonry, a finished, stone block laid in horizontal courses with mortar. The term rustication applies when ashlar masonry is arranged so that the face of the stone projects out,...

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