• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Hot Product

    Advertising postcard recently offered on eBay. The circa 1905 rendering depicts the manufacturing plant of the Home Stove Company.  Located at 501-535 Kentucky Avenue, it was bounded by Henry, Aug, Merrill and Eckert (later, California) Streets....

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Norways for Nerves

    Advertisement: eBay Concierge Doctoring… In the second half of the 19th century, organic and psychological causes of mental illness began to be identified. This led to an increase, nationwide, in the number of institutions dedicated...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Residence at 3223 Washington Boulevard

    Reader’s Question: I love working in historic Indianapolis neighborhoods in my real estate transactions.  I recently sold a property at 3223 Washington Boulevard. Can you tell me something about the history of the area and of...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Linwood Square

    Reader’s Question:  When was Linwood Square built?  Before Linwood Square was there, this was the location of Newburg (sp?) Field, where we loved to play.  Why was this section not developed like the rest of...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: First Kroger Store in Indianapolis

    Reader’s Question: Someone told me that the Kroger at 16th and Central was the first Kroger store in Indianapolis. Is that true? LOL. ~ Lynn Molzan, Old Northside   HI’s Answer:  I assume you are referring to...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then and Now: Kroger Grocery and Big Al’s Superstore, 4601 N. College Avenue

    Courtesy of Ball State University, University Libraries, Drawings + Documents Archive,                                         Pierre and Wright Architectural...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then and Now: College Avenue and 54th Street

    As Indianapolis grew and streetcars headed north on College Avenue toward Broad Ripple, clusters of commercial buildings sprung up every four or five blocks. One such shopping hub was located at the intersection of College...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then and Now: George Alig, Sr. House 1608 Park Ave.

    ser·en·dip·i·ty [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee] noun 1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. 2. good fortune; luck As a photographic researcher, part of my job is to help people or companies find and license photographs for books, movies, exhibits, or personal research. Subjects range from the...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then and Now: Kroger Store / Double 8 Foods

    Most of us have probably passed this small grocery store on the southeast corner of College Avenue and 46thStreet without giving a thought to its history. While I’ve admired the curved lines of this Double...

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