• 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: Editorial HI….jinks

    Hi Friends and Fans– My name is Tiffany and I am the captain and cruise director here at “H.I.” I would like to sincerely thank every reader, contributor, commenter, sponsor, donor, newsletter subscriber, social media...

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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 Forget Sudoku, Try Solving this Mystery

    You want a really challenging brain teaser? Forget the New York Times crossword or advanced Sudoku. Trying to locate unidentified historic homes of Indianapolis takes a whole lot of recall and other skills. This postcard...

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  • Posted in: General Where Wes Montgomery…?

    Wes Montgomery, image courtesy Indiana Historical Society, M1178, taken by Duncan Schiedt In the pantheon of beloved Indianapolis natives, John Leslie “Wes” Montgomery must be in the top ten. Much revered, and often written about,...

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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: General Formerly on the Circle: American Central Life Building

    If you’re the type to contemplate the stories behind buildings and locations, this may be of interest to you. If you’ve done so from the vantage point of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument looking northeast,...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Happy Birthday Virginia Keep Clark!

    Ever been hooked by an idea, person or place? Something that just infinitely fascinates or possibly even obsesses you? While that pretty well summarizes my love of Indianapolis history, there is an artist who has...

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  • 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: Then & Now Ambassador Apartments, 39 E. 9th Street

    Ambassador Apartments, July 2017 (Image: Tammy C. Millott) Despite efforts to the contrary, the Ambassador is standing after 93 years and firmly set on its original foundation. Sixteen years ago, planners, architects, preservationists, neighbors and...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Canterbury Apartments

    The Canterbury Apartments, 1603 Central Avenue, as they appeared in 1919. Looking at northeast corner of 16th and Central. (Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society.) In 1914, the vicinity of Sixteenth Street and Central...

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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: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Billingsley Florist

    Though Wiegand’s and Bertermann’s operated their Indianapolis floral trades for decades, some were not so lucky, nor so long-lived. One such business was tucked into a small space on the northeast corner of Ohio and...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Laundering Behind Old City Hall

    Local history buffs love to regale Circle City newbies with anecdotes of yesteryear about the city’s epicenter. A favorite story harkens to decades before the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument dwarfed nearby buildings. The original governor’s mansion...

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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: Goodbye City Life!

    Business:  Glendale Shopping Center Date of Ad:  December 2, 1958 Location:  Keystone Avenue and 62nd Street Years of Operation: 1958-present Notable: Even though it’s only Halloween, shoppers around the Circle City will notice Christmas decorations...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Be a Secret Agent and Win the Jackpot!

    Business:  Burger Chef Systems  Date of Ad:  April 6, 1966 Location:  1300 West 16th Street, and across the nation Years of Operation: 1958-1996 Notable:  Over a dozen years before the Happy Meal, local fast food...

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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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