• Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Herman Lieber House, Lockerbie Square

    Herman LIeber Cottage Indianapolis has so many fabulous neighborhoods, and much to love in each. Most Fridays, we will point to a favorite place in an Indy neighborhood, so that next time you are wandering...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Canterbury Park

    Passenger rail service was nearly eliminated by the late 1950s or early 1960s. (William H. Bass Photo Collection courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society) Welcome to Canterbury Park!  This picturesque 1.7-acre neighborhood park is east of Meridian-Kessler...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Babe Denny Park

    This fall, over half a million football fans dressed in their blue and white finest will visit downtown to cheer the Indianapolis Colts to victory.  As they trek to the stadium, many will unknowingly pass...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Holliday Park

    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Horner-Terrill Home

    The Horner-Terrill home, located at the southwest corner of Emerson and Brookville, was built in 1875. It was vacant for nearly 20 years before homeowners Amanda and Eric Browning purchased the property in 2011. (photo...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: the Shortridge-Voss house (1301 Broadway)

    “A country whose buildings are of wood can never increase in its improvements to any considerable degree.” Thus spoke Thomas Jefferson. The quote, part of a discussion on the durability of architecture, appeared in Jefferson’s...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Polyglot Plot

    You see this and you think?… First of all, you’re likely having trouble even figuring out what to look at first? Windows: Wrong Various forms of siding: Disaster Was this a version of patch testing...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: 1841 N. Delaware Street

    The Milnor sisters in 1909 Attics, storage trunks and second hand shops throughout Indianapolis and the world over have little gems like this awaiting discovery. The provenance of and labels on old photos are key...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 2110 College Ave.

    (photo by Dawn Olsen) Harry McClintock wasn’t at all like the affluent of Indianapolis. He was a cowboy, a poet, a boomer, a world-traveler, a professional hobo. But his hobo-ing led to experiences, and the...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indianapolis’ Upside-Down House

    Reader’s Question: Do you know where I could locate a photo of an upside-down house that was located at the intersection of West Washington St. and Rockville Rd.?  ~ Roberta Lakin Swisher, Indianapolis HI’s Answer: In...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Dormer Windows

    Dormer windows on the Ovid Butler House (1306 N Park Avenue) Dormer Windows. A dormer window is a window that projects out from a sloping roof, vertically placed, featuring its own structure with sides and...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayer: Some Good for Guilford?

    With apologies for the hiatus… Couple weeks ago I went on a random wander about the city as I am sometimes wont to do. If you want to really get to know the city, I...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Rink Mansion, Meridian at 21st

    Until a few decades ago, all major cities had independent department stores in their downtowns, commonly named for whichever enterprising man had started it. In Indianapolis, most people still recognize the names L.S. Ayres and...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Bay Window

    Bay Window. The bay window is a favorite feature of mine on historic buildings. A bay window is a set of windows that project out from the primary wall of the structure, creating an alcove...

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  • Posted in: A Room with a View Room With a View: Riley’s Lockerbie Street

    Birthday of beloved Hoosier, James Whitcomb Riley is just 5 days away (born 7 October1849). In his honor, we share the view of the home where Riley spent the last 20+ years of his life,...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Italianate

    Italianate. Driving through the older historic neighborhoods of Indianapolis, you will realize that Indy has some amazing examples of the Italianate style. To give you a better understanding of the Italianate, let’s look at the...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Italian Renaissance

    Italian Renaissance residence on North Meridian Street at 46th Street Italian Renaissance. Another revival style found in Indianapolis is the Italian Renaissance – which draws its details from traditional Italian architecture. American architects in the...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Chimney

    Chimney. I highly doubt many of you are using today’s Building Language term – the chimney – in the midst of our July heat. Although buildings old and new feature chimneys, there’s still plenty to...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Stucco

    Stucco. Stucco is a type of plaster applied to the exterior of buildings. Stucco is a historic building material that traces its roots from ancient architecture. In historic American architecture, stucco is found on a...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Shingles

    Shingles. Although this architectural term should be well-known to most, I thought I’d explore some of the quirks and attributes of shingles you may not be as familiar with. As a reminder, shingles are standard...

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