• Posted in: Historic Miscellania Gunned Down Grocer

    As a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, during the “golden age of fraternalism” (circa 1860-1920), for one “brother” to shoot another sounds unlikely. All the more when the organization was founded to...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indianapolis Victim on the USS Maine

    Reader’s Question: Last week, I tweeted some photos that I took at Crown Hill Cemetery of the grave of Harry Keys, an Indianapolis resident who was on the ill-fated USS Maine. My tweets got the attention of...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: 302 N. East Street

    Reader’s Question: Can you provide me with any background on 302 North East Street?  We’d love to share its story with potential future occupants.  ~ Jeff C., Indianapolis   HI’s Answer: The land on the northwest...

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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: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Residence at 429 East Michigan Street

    Reader’s Question: Whenever I park on Michigan Street near the Athenaeum, I always notice the whitewashed building at 429 East Michigan Street. It seems older than the buildings around it, for some reason. It’s just...

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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: 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: Italianate

    Italianate. Driving through the older historic neighborhoods of Indianapolis, you will realize that Indy has some amazing examples of the Italianate style. To give you a better understanding of the Italianate, let’s look at the...

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  • Posted in: A Room with a View Room With a View: Lockerbie Glove Company, Westward Ho!

    From a recent visit to the condos at the old Lockerbie Glove Company, we found a fantastic outdoor space on the roof and a couple inspiring views to the west. If you weren’t aware, Lockerbie...

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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: 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: 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: 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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