• Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Lemcke Building

    Lemcke Building, circa 1910. Note Deschler’s Cigars on the first floor. HistoricIndianapolis.com collection Hard to believe it, but under the shiny meh exterior of at the northeast corner of Market and Pennsylvania, is a structure...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Public Transportation in 1940 Indianapolis

    “Car and Bus Routings and Stops, Downtown” All aboard the time machine again…let’s head back to Indianapolis of 1940 to look at how we were maneuvering to and from home and downtown. This map is...

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  • Posted in: General, Then & Now Then & Now: Ardmore Apartments

    Ardmore Block, 1936. Image courtesy: Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society Preservation month may be over, but on this website, its a point of passionate advocacy at all times. Another one of Indy’s long-forgotten...

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  • Posted in: General How the Claypool Hotel Began

    Early vintage luggage label from Claypool Hotel (Don’t forget–May is preservation month! Which is why we are revisiting some of the best of what we’ve lost. Let’s not do that again. Mmmmmk? ) Of all...

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  • Posted in: General Marion County Jail: Indy’s Shawshank

    In June 1891, the County Commissioners decided not to build the new jail on the courthouse square. Commissioner Emrich had purchased the northwest corner of Alabama and Maryland streets, fronting 155 feet on Alabama and...

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  • Posted in: General, Ladies Lounge A Local Place for Young Women: Y. W. C. A.

    Christian women, that is. And white. At least in the beginning. It was getting close to 1900 and many young ladies were making their way to the big city of Indianapolis in search of employment....

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  • 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: Then & Now Then & Now: Schrader Building, 101 S. Pennsylvania Street

    C.A. Schrader Building, 101-105 South Pennsylvania Street, home of C.A. Schrader Wholesale Grocer from 1901 to 1953.  (Image: Bass Photo Collection, Indiana Historical Society) The American Civil War had yet to begin when C. F....

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Fave: Indy Loves Veterans

    Hoosiers will never be said to lack in appreciation for the veterans and heroes who have served our nation. Beam with pride wherever you encounter a veteran, because you, dear Hoosier, may rightfully brag that...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Your Savings Store

    S.S. Kresge and Company appeared in the newspaper October 28, 1923 touting the opening of their new building at 41 East Washington Street,  southwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Though they spent their first few years in...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Music to Your Ears

    Business:  Wilking Music Company Location:  120 East Ohio Street, near Massachusetts Avenue Years of Operation: 1922-1995 Notable: For over 70 years, Wilking Music Company was the place to go if you wanted that glamorous Steinway...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ad’s: Hook’s for Drugs

    Business: Hook’s Drugs Date of Ad: July 29, 1906 Location: Various Locations, Originally Prospect and East (demolished) Years of Operation: 1900-1994 Notable: A drugstore that became a household name across Indiana had humble roots. Started by a...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Be a Good Sport!

    Business: Em-Roe Distributors Date of Ad:  July 29, 1906 Location: Downtown – 209-211 West Washington Street Years of Operation: 1913-2015 Notable: Em-Roe’s, incorporated in 1914 by Lee Emmelman, was the leading name in sporting goods...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Tip of the Hat

    This Sunday ad from 1966 targets the “back to school” crowd. Who doesn’t want to dress to impress for the new semester? (Image: Indiana State Library) Business: Harry Levinson Date of Ad: August 18, 1966 Location:...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: We’re All Nuts

    Business: Morrow’s Nut House Date of Ad: December 30, 1945 Location: 50 North Pennsylvania Street, 46 West Washington and various downtown locations Years of Operation: 1933- 1989 Notable: If you grew up in Indianapolis in...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Burlesque at Empire

    Name of Business: The Empire Theater Date of Ad: April 13, 1913 Date Established: 1892 Neighborhood: Downtown Notable: Promising a bevy of pretty and sprightly girls, the star attraction, Zallah, featured her own company. A...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: More Than Just Jewelry

    Goodman Jewelers at 30 West Washington Street dabbled in “slenderizing” equipment back in the 1950s. (Image: Indiana State Library) Business: Goodman Jewelers Date of this Advertisement: April 12, 1959 Location: 30 West Washington Street Neighborhood:...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Mad for Millinery

    Image: Indiana State Library Name of Business: African Ostrich Feather Company Date of this Advertisement: March 26, 1916 Location:  State Life Building, 15-23 East Washington Street, Fourth Floor Neighborhood: Downtown, Wholesale District Service Provided: Millinery, Makers 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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