• Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Prather Masonic Temple, 42nd & College

    Every time I pass this, I think about what the ground floor, in particular, looked like originally. Indiana Historical Society has a few old pics of the Prather Masonic Temple, opened in 1921. (The IHS...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Commercial Building at Alabama & 19th

    Due to the surprise unearthed in today’s Sunday Advert–knowing Taggart Bread formerly had a shop where this little gem sits–it seemed the perfect time to bring up something that ruffles my inner Polyanna a bit....

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Georgia Street Addition

    Not only is it thrilling that Georgia Street has retained it’s original name (whew!), but the best addition to the street for this gal: the sidewalk inserts with a bit of history–year, building name and...

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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: Bargeboard

    314 North Park Avenue in Lockerbie Square with Two Bargeboards on Main Roof Bargeboard. Bargeboard is the term used for the elaborately decorated, often carved, wood boards attached along the edges of a gabled roof....

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Coffered Ceiling

    Coffered Ceiling. A coffered ceiling is created with the placement of several individual coffers. A coffer is a square or octagonal, deep panel, recessed into a ceiling, dome, or vault.  A coffer is also known...

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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: 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: 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: Building Language Building Language: Balustrade

    Indiana War Memorial, Indiana World War Memorial Plaza, Balustrade along staircase to second level. Balustrade. Today’s Building Language term is commonly used as part of the architectural vernacular and an item ubiquitous around Indianapolis. The...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Porte-Cochère

    Porte-Cochère. The literal French translation equates to carriage (cochère) door (porte). Originally, porte-cochères provided a covered entrance for individuals to exit horse carriages. The porte-cochère gained prominence in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, commonly found...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Jerkinhead

    Jerkinhead. A jerkinhead is a truncated gable at the end of a roof. This house in the 1700 block of South Delaware has three jerkinheads. Although the origin of the word doesn’t seem to be...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Scupper

    Scupper. A scupper is an opening in the wall of a building through which water drains.  Scuppers are most often found at the edge of the roof or within a parapet. The scupper in this...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayer for a WTH- Central & Fall Creek

    World’s collide here. Yep, right at Central and Fall Creek Parkway–well, this is technically about 1/2 a block north of Fall Creek Parkway–but still it’s a disastrous collision. So many lovely commercial buildings in this...

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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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