• Posted in: Historic Miscellania The Arlington Theater

    In between the days of the grand vaudevillian movie houses like the Circle and Indiana Theaters (now Hilbert Circle and Indiana Repertory) and the 23 screen multiplexs of today, small, independently owned theaters sprang up...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 131 N. Gladstone

    I’m in the heart of Tuxedo Park, trying to remember what “Indianapolis Architecture” told me. My copy of the book, which is split-right-down-the-middle, described the Tuxedo Park area as “a middle-class area, not too near...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Dearborn Building

    “Cheery” is a word I would use to describe a front-yard flower garden, not an abandoned building. But when it comes to the property at the corner of 10th and Dearborn, it’s hard to attach...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Rivoli Theatre

    Downtown Indianapolis. Noon. At most tables, the lunchtime chatter was of clients, projects and “the kids.” But at our table—which was crowded with soup, a sandwich and notebooks—there was talk of an empty, dilapidated property....

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania The Arlington Theater

    The Arlington Theater Building, now Central Ace Hardware – Photo by Ryan Hamlett In between the days of the grand vaudevillian movie houses like the Circle and Indiana Theaters (now Hilbert Circle and Indiana Repertory)...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania The Paramount Music Palace

    Location of the long-gone Paramount Music Palace (and recently gone Don Pablo’s) – Photo by Ryan Hamlett At the request of a good friend, this week’s not exactly picturesque local is the site of the...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Irvington Masonic Lodge #666

    photo by Ryan Hamlett This flat-iron shaped, brick and terra-cotta edifice at 5515 E. Washington St. exhibits the ominous lodge number 666, a fact made that much more interesting in that the building, currently houses...

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  • Posted in: A Room with a View Room With A View – Irvington United Methodist Church

    Irvington United Methodist Church Happy New Year! Checking out Irvington on Indianapolis’ east side with a view of the Tudor-style Irvington United Methodist Chuch from an undisclosed coffee house. What is your favorite coffee house view?...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Missed a Step

    Have you ever been walking down a bunch of steps–maybe carrying something that obscures your view– and you think there’s one more step, but there isn’t? That awkward/ miscalculated step feeling is what comes to...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then and Now: The Jefferson Apartments, 2207-11 East Tenth Street

    Yesterday, the Super Bowl Legacy Project made the New York Times and east-side neighbors are rightfully proud of the recent momentum toward revitalizing this down-and-out area hit heavily by home foreclosures and crime. One of...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: That’s Not Helping

    A few months ago I penned a WTH column called McShambles where I spoke of the questionable improvements the owners of the former McShanes Bar had made to the exterior. Well if you haven’t driven by...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then and Now: The Little Depot and the Interstate

    Although a psychic once told me that I “don’t have a psychic bone in my body,” as a local historian I sometimes see ghosts of Indianapolis’ past. Such was the case last week as I...

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