• Posted in: A Room with a View A Room with a View – Eden-Talbott House

    Scraping away an iced up window from a Delaware Street apartment building reveals the Eden-Talbott House, now home to a local law firm. Just north of 13th on North Delaware Street, the Eden-Talbott home was built...

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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: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: At the Museum

    John Herron Art Institute as it appeared in 1906. (Image: eBay) The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the crown jewels of our city. Few may realize that the facility near 38th Street and...

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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: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 2015 N. Senate Ave.

     We meet again, plywood. Once more you grace the windows of an aged Victorian. Though you mark a property as uninhabited, you blend into the beige paint. I hardly notice you. No, I pay heed...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: 619 E. New York St.

    Homeowner Krsana Henry was devastated when she first walked through 619 E. New York St. Only weeks before, she had inherited the Italianate-style home from her mother, Emma Jean (Gina) Rotstein. Rotstein, as it were,...

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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: 1415 Olive St.

    (photo by Dawn Olsen) Charm. It’s one thing this gambrel-roofed property still has, despite the plywood that protects the front windows. Though the word “foreclosure” has been associated with this home recently, its outer appearance...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: STOP in the Name of…

    What a coincidence that the predominant shape discernible here just happens to correlate with the first word that may pop into your head: STOP. Holy octagons, Batman. This is something you don’t see every day....

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Henderson Motor Car Company

    Reader’s Question: Do you have any information, URLs, or other references that might assist me in obtaining some ‘history’ on my Grandfather Charles P. Henderson’s short-lived auto manufacturing company, the Henderson Motor Car Co.,  around...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Beige Monopoly Hotel

    No need to drone on endlessly here: it’s beige; it’s tall; it’s got a steep-pitched roof. And a bare minimum of windows. If it were red, this would undoubtedly be mistaken for a real life...

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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: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Saving Old Housing Stock

    2515 North Broadway For those of us who are both sentimental and care for the aesthetics of Indianapolis, we’d be hard-pressed to consider buying anything but an older home. Older homes get a bad rap—deemed ‘hard to...

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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: WTH WTH Wednesday: Neopolitan Spice

    This little feast for the eyes immediately brought to mind a box of Neopolitan ice cream…you know, three different flavors sandwich stacked, one on top of the next. Maybe there’s a Neopolitan School of Architecture...

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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: 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: 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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