• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Hot Product

    Advertising postcard recently offered on eBay. The circa 1905 rendering depicts the manufacturing plant of the Home Stove Company.  Located at 501-535 Kentucky Avenue, it was bounded by Henry, Aug, Merrill and Eckert (later, California) Streets....

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Hetherington & Berner

    Reader’s Question: The columns at the City Market have the name “Hetherington & Berner” imprinted on them.  Did that company help build the facility?  What is their story? ~ John R., Indianapolis HI’s Answer: In the early years of...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Decorative Iron

    One of the things I miss most when encountering brand new commercial buildings is the lack of little surprises and details like those found on iron front  façades. This example, found on Massachusetts Avenue never fails...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Cast Iron Façade

    East Washington Street at Southeastern Avenue, Cast Iron Storefronts Cast Iron Façade. The cast iron façade is common to late 19th century and early 20th century commercial, storefront architecture. Made of galvanized steel and cast...

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