• Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Wesley Hotel, 16th & Capitol

    Hard to believe how many buildings in Indianapolis have been razed under the guise of  “progress” or “enhancing” a neighborhood or block. All the harder to understand when a building fronts major thoroughfares with a constant stream of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Shaping a Skyline

    The Pearson Piano Company in the Exchange block circa 1928 (Image: Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society) You can always count on being inundated by a small forest’s worth of furniture advertisements in the Sunday...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Barney’s at The Lincoln

    Ever wonder what Alexander Ralston might say if he strolled around downtown Indianapolis today? What was once a precisely planned city has been slowly butchered throughout time. The broad, diagonal streets that angled towards the Circle, giving...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: There Goes the Theater

    The building once housing the Savoy Theater was still standing as of 2012. Have you ever driven down a street for the first time in years and realized something doesn’t quite look the same? A...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: History Paved Over

    Although it’s heartbreaking to think about the buildings and businesses that have been lost over the years in Indianapolis, it is still exciting to discover a long lost building for the first time. Interstate 65 looms...

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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: Ladies Lounge Women’s History Month: Indianapolis Propylaeum

    The original Propylaeum stood at 17 East North Street From Hyman’s Handbook of Indianapolis, published in 1897: “The Indianapolis Propylaeum was incorporated June 6, 1888, for the purpose of promoting and encouraging literary and scientific...

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