• 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: Tarkington Park

    Welcome to Tarkington Park!  The 10.32-acre neighborhood park is found near the intersection of 39th and Meridian Streets.  The Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood on Indianapolis’s old northwest side is rich with history.  It draws its name from...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: A Pair on South Park Avenue

    421 S. Park Ave. (left) and 423 S. Park Ave. (right) are currently for sale. They were built in 1865 by William H. Loomis. (photo by Dawn ) We’re curious beings, humans. The “air of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 430 N. Walcott

    (photo by Dawn Olsen) Lloyd D. Hammond was a working man. He was a travel agent for at least a decade, servicing the citizens of Indianapolis from the late 1800s through the 1910s. He was...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then and Now: The Ryan/Gasaway Home, 1103 E. 9th Street

    Finding photographs of the homes and businesses of the Vonneguts, Efroymsons, Ayres, and Blocks families is relatively easy. Just go to the William H. Bass Photo Collection at the Indiana Historical Society and many images...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Herron-Morton Walking tour, 2012

    For those of us who love old buildings and old neighborhoods, it’s hard to pass up a home tour in one of Indy’s historic neighborhoods. Especially for this year’s Herron-Morton Place Home tour, taking place...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Rustication

    Rustication. Rustication is found in ashlar masonry, a finished, stone block laid in horizontal courses with mortar. The term rustication applies when ashlar masonry is arranged so that the face of the stone projects out,...

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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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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Infill

    Infill. If you live in a locally designated historic district, today’s Building Language term should be a familiar friend. In preservation, infill describes new construction that remains sensitive in design to the surrounding historic buildings....

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: National Historic Landmark

    National Historic Landmark. The month of May is Preservation Month and to celebrate, I’ll be featuring preservation related Building Language terms for the five Tuesdays in May! We’ll start with National Historic Landmarks. A National...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Oxeye Window

    Oxeye Windows, The Wilson, 643 Fort Wayne Avenue Oxeye Window.The oxeye window (also known as an œil-de-bœuf) is a small, elliptical window, typically with four keystones at the four points. The oxeye window frequently appears...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Shed Dormer

    Shed Dormers, 300 Block of North Irvington Ave Shed Dormer. A dormer window is found projecting out from a roof, typically with its own roof, sides, and a window frame on its face. Dormers provide...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Turret

    Turret. Today’s Building Language term should be no stranger to fans of historic architecture in Indianapolis. A turret is defined as a small tower attached to a larger structure, typically found in the corner or...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Juliet Balcony

    Juliet Balcony. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I wracked my brain of architectural knowledge, consulted architectural dictionaries, and conferred with my architectural minded friends to determine the best architectural term with some connotation with...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Ribbon Windows

    Ribbon Windows. The horizontal placement of three or more windows consecutively, separated only by mullions, is referred to as ribbon windows. This should not be confused with a monitor or clerestory windows, which act as a...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Tudor Revival

    Tudor Revival found at 5734 North Washington Blvd Tudor Revival. Another one of the many revival styles found in Indianapolis is the Tudor Revival. Original Tudor architecture dates from the 15th and 16th centuries in...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Bargeboard

    314 North Park Avenue in Lockerbie Square with Two Bargeboards on Main Roof Bargeboard. Bargeboard is the term used for the elaborately decorated, often carved, wood boards attached along the edges of a gabled roof....

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Roof

    Roof. For today’s Building Language, let’s examine one of the most vital elements of a structure: the roof. I think it is safe to assume everyone knows what a roof is on a basic level,...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Deep rooted history in Mapleton-Fall Creek

    Usually, I gravitate towards the neighborhoods nearest to the Mile Square–the older, the better for this gal; and I assumed all of the longest inhabited areas in the city are only centered around that original...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Quoin

    St. Mary’s Academy/Academy of the Arts, 429 Vermont Place with Quoins Quoin. Constantly trying to find ways to use the intractable letter Q into your Scrabble vocabulary? Today’s Building Language term should help your plight....

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