• Posted in: Friday Favorites The Consolidated Building (aka Lemcke Annex)

    When you see a stately old building in a vintage postcard, do you wonder (with furrowed brow) if the building still stands? This venerable old brick and terra cotta edifice, née the Lemcke Annex, was an addition...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost & Saved: Corner of Delaware & New York

    The picture above is from the Indianapolis Illustrated book of 1889. The block, not even ten years later, would become densely redeveloped as the commercial center of the city expanded and the need for more...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: Memorial Plaza

    The Chalfant, Courtesy Bass Photo Co Collection, Indiana Historical Society Have you admired the Indiana World War Memorial lately?  Or walked through Obelisk Square or University Park?  Before the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza was...

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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: Beaux Arts

    Beaux Arts. Several notable Indianapolis structures feature the architectural style of the Beaux Arts. Beaux Arts (French for “Fine Arts”) traces its roots from the École des Beaux-Arts, a school of architecture in France. Several...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Pediment

    Pediment on Good Hall, University of Indianapolis Pediment. Following up on previous posts on classical architecture terms, including dentils and egg-and-dart, today’s Building Language term is another classically inspired term: pediment. A pediment is a...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Egg-and-dart

    Egg-and-dart. This week’s Building Language term explores the extensive terminology associated with classical architecture. Egg-and-dart is a form of ornament standard in classical inspired architecture, including the vastly popular Beaux Arts and Classical Revival styles...

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