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

    The Scottish Rite Cathedral looms large on the northern fringes of downtown. Aside from the towering neo-Gothic architecture, a primary reason for its great presence is the existence of vast parking lots surrounding the building....

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: We Gotta Get Out of This Place

    On these colder-than-cold winter days, one’s mind tends to wander to locales with a more temperate climate. Hawaii, the Caribbean, or… Utah. Anywhere the sun is shining and the weather is above 70.  Although Indianapolis is...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure, Bicycles At Your Leisure: The Cyclorama Fad Hits Indianapolis

    The northwest corner of Ohio and Illinois. The Cyclorama towered over the neighboring Rink Store. (Image: Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society) The first buildings that always stuck out when driving into Indianapolis in the 1980s...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Downfall of a Landmark

    It would be unusual for a hotel to advertise that “*fill in the blank famous person* died here.” However, when tragedies occur, the general public tends to have a long memory, perhaps sharing in whispered tones what...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Businesses That Called The Claypool “Home”

    Today’s modern downtown convention hotels tend to be imposing structures. Often entrances are set back from the street, and sweeping porte-cochères cover guests as they step from their vehicles, almost directly into the lobby.  This was not...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Key West Shrimp House

    The view driving down South Madison Avenue would never be mistaken for being particularly scenic. Acres of post-war housing yielded to many discount stores, payday loan outlets, and used car dealerships, and then, of course,...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Post Christmas Movies

    The exterior when the building was known as the Loew’s State in the 1920’s. The storefront to the south of the main entrance is Brosnan’s, which specialized in outfitting women’s fashion. (Image: Bass Photo Co....

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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: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Jackets Required

    1930s postcard showing the interior that became the King Cole. (Image: eBay) Do you have a special occasion coming up or just want to impress a first date? What would be your go-to destination? For...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: A Night of Theater

    This exterior shot from the 1967 Butler yearbook must have been taken shortly after completion due to the fresh pavement and lack of landscaping (Image: Butler University) An annual holiday tradition takes the stage when...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Rubbing Elbows with Indy’s Elite at The Marott Hotel

    An early postcard showing the Marott Hotel and Meridian Street Bridge. (Image: eBay) Today’s visitors to the Circle City have a wide array of lodging options when looking for a place to spend the night....

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Dancing on the Roof

    The back side of this 1943 postmarked postcard reads “I am dancing at the Indiana Roof, beautiful combination Night Club and Ballroom, where Indianapolis dances every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.” (Image: eBay) The Indiana...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: At the Movies

    Cinema has always been an important aspect to leisure time activities in the Circle City. Throughout the years, the art form has morphed from opulent downtown movie palaces to the drive-in theaters of the 50’s...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Red Gables

    It’s unclear what made this the “Most Streamlined Restaurant in the Middle-West” but it was clearly a point of pride. (Image: Evan Finch) When your travels lead you to the intersection of Lafayette Road and...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Illinois Building

    The Illinois Building in June 1926, shortly after completion. Designed by Indianapolis architects Rubush & Hunter, the building was constructed on the corner of Illinois and Market streets. (Photo © 2008 Indiana Historical Society) Behind...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Modillions

    Modillions. The architectural term modillions refers to architectural brackets that are placed horizontally instead of vertically. Typically, like brackets, modillions are placed at the roofline or on a soffit, regularly spaced, and may feature coffers between each...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Muntin

    Steel windows with muntins, Virginia Avenue State Bank building, 630 Virginia Avenue Muntin. I was recently asked about this architectural term and figured it would be a great one to feature for today’s Building Language....

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Chimney

    Chimney. I highly doubt many of you are using today’s Building Language term – the chimney – in the midst of our July heat. Although buildings old and new feature chimneys, there’s still plenty to...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Stucco

    Stucco. Stucco is a type of plaster applied to the exterior of buildings. Stucco is a historic building material that traces its roots from ancient architecture. In historic American architecture, stucco is found on a...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: National Historic Landmark

    National Historic Landmark. The month of May is Preservation Month and to celebrate, I’ll be featuring preservation related Building Language terms for the five Tuesdays in May! We’ll start with National Historic Landmarks. A National...

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