• Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Noble Flats

    Have you seen this building? College Avenue just north of Michigan Street. Looks like it has seen better days, doesn’t it? Haven’t verified the exact date of this cool apartment building, but have found many...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Spanish Colonial Revival

    Spanish Colonial Revival. The Spanish Colonial Revival, or as it’s also known, Mission, is a revival style dating from the first decades of the Twentieth Century. Although there are not many Spanish Colonial Revival structures...

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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: Window Hoods

    Window Hood on 1336 North Delaware Street Hood. You might see hoods every day, but not realize the feature has a specific name and purpose. A hood is the piece found above window openings, typically...

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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: Battlement

    Battlement on 725 Massachusetts Avenue Battlement. Although you might associate this term with medieval buildings or a castle, Indianapolis historic buildings feature battlements as a decorative motif. Historically, battlements served in a defensive function for medieval castles,...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Tudor Revival

    Tudor Revival found at 5734 North Washington Blvd Tudor Revival. Another one of the many revival styles found in Indianapolis is the Tudor Revival. Original Tudor architecture dates from the 15th and 16th centuries in...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Pilaster Columns

    Fountain Square Theater Building, Pilaster Columns Pilaster Columns. This post will attempt to dabble into the many types of architectural columns found in Indianapolis. As each type of column has a different name and standard...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Monitor

    Monitor on Lone Hall, Arsenal Technical High School Monitor. A monitor is a raised section found straddling the ridge of a roof. The monitor commonly imitates the roof form of the primary structure, but includes...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Colonial Revival

    Colonial Revival. Found prominently across Indianapolis residential architecture, the Colonial Revival is an early twentieth century style that draws upon Colonial architectural influences (the Georgian and Adam styles, not known to Indianapolis). The Colonial Revival...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Roof

    Roof. For today’s Building Language, let’s examine one of the most vital elements of a structure: the roof. I think it is safe to assume everyone knows what a roof is on a basic level,...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Enter at your own Risk: 16th & College, the movie.

    Just in case you missed the news on facebook, one of our favorite old commercial buildings was demolished this week. It was a familiar touchstone and neighborhood anchor that stood on the southwest corner of...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania 16th & College, One of the oldest commercial buildings in Old Northside…

    …has mere minutes of life left. The wrecking equipment is on site now and the hours are numbered for this beloved historic corner. R.I.P. Something about its much earlier history from a book on Industry...

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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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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Quoin

    St. Mary’s Academy/Academy of the Arts, 429 Vermont Place with Quoins Quoin. Constantly trying to find ways to use the intractable letter Q into your Scrabble vocabulary? Today’s Building Language term should help your plight....

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Buttress

    Buttress. In its simplest form, the buttress is a pier (column-like solid projection) reinforcement placed on a wall to provide additional structural support. The buttress is primarily found on exterior walls of brick or masonry...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: That’s Not Helping

    A few months ago I penned a WTH column called McShambles where I spoke of the questionable improvements the owners of the former McShanes Bar had made to the exterior. Well if you haven’t driven by...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: 919 North Pennsylvania Street

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever breezed through the 900 block of Pennsylvania without noticing much around you. Looks like the originally designed balcony is not what you’ll see here today. In any case, compare the rendering...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Corbelling

    Corbelling found on 431/433 Massachusetts Avenue Corbelling. Corbelling derives from the use of a corbel, defined as brick or stone projecting from a wall, intended as a structural support. Corbelling occurs upon the succession of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayer: Oliver and Warren Buildings

    As the final Sunday Prayer for July, we’d like to offer these buildings in the 1200 block of Oliver Avenue. With the right owners and tenants, they could have the potential for futures as interesting...

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