• Posted in: Historic Miscellania The Bona Thompson Memorial Building – Irvington Historical Society

    Bona Thompson Memorial Building, Irvington Historical Society – Photo by Ryan Hamlett The Bona Thompson Memorial Building has certainly seen significant revitalization since I first set foot inside, sometime in the mid-80s. At the time,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Irvington Post Office (Stevenson Building)

    5502 E. Washington St.–The old Irvington Post Office, also known as the Stevenson Building. (photo by Dawn Olsen) “I’ll tell you something about this building that you probably don’t know,” the man told me. I...

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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: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Riley Trail

    Reader’s Question: I searched the HI site but couldn’t find any posts about the Riley Trail.  Signposts marking the trail have disappeared over the years, but there are still a few around.  One of the interesting stops on the...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Muntin

    Steel windows with muntins, Virginia Avenue State Bank building, 630 Virginia Avenue Muntin. I was recently asked about this architectural term and figured it would be a great one to feature for today’s Building Language....

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  • Posted in: Heritage Steward Heritage Steward: Bill Gulde

    NAME: Bill Gulde TITLE: Educator FOR: North Central High School SINCE? 1987 ORIGINALLY FROM? Rushville, Indiana YOUR JOB DUTIES INCLUDE? I am an academic coordinator and history teacher. YOU WORK HOW MANY HOURS WEEKLY? Many!...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Cornerstone

    Cornerstone. The cornerstone is one of the great features of any historic building. The cornerstone, typically literal in its presentation, is a major stone placed near the bottom corner of a structure. You may hear...

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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: WTH WTH Weds: Trying to Make Moderne Classic

    When driving through a neighborhood of Bungalow, American Four Square, and Revival houses in Irvington, it completely shocked us to find this rare Art Moderne (Streamline Moderne) house on Bolton Avenue. No, it’s not a...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Colonial Revival

    Colonial Revival. Found prominently across Indianapolis residential architecture, the Colonial Revival is an early twentieth century style that draws upon Colonial architectural influences (the Georgian and Adam styles, not known to Indianapolis). The Colonial Revival...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Butler College and Bobbs-Merrill

    Butler College, 1910, Irvington Foreshadowing on a Sunday… Having visited the current Butler University campus twice this week: once for the public introduction to Local Stake, a new way of connecting local entrepreneurs and investors...

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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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