• Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Trinity Episcopal Church

    Reader’s Question: I live in the neighborhood of Trinity Episcopal Church. I understand that it was not originally called Trinity. Can you provide its previous name, as well as a little of the church’s history?  ~ Jay van S., Historic...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Meridian Park- 3100 North Pennsylvania

    Looking north on Pennsylvania, decades ago Historic Meridian Park is small but mighty in its vintage housing stock–which you can examine more closely this coming weekend, May 30 and 31, 2015, from 12-6pm. Now and then,...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Union Park Place

    Reader’s Question:  Since moving into my home two years ago, I have occasionally heard the neighborhood referred to as Union Park Place.  It was my understanding when I bought the property that it was in the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood. ...

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  • Posted in: Misc Mondays Misc. Monday: Move to a New Subdivision! In 1916

    Perusing the pages of early 1900’s Indianapolis newspapers, you will occasionally come across an announcement for a new suburb–plotted out, ostensibly, by some entrepreneurial soul. It frequently appears with an accompanying map, such as the...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Esplanade Annex

    Reader’s Question: Our company has been renovating the Esplanade Annex for the past two-and-a-half years.  We are interested in learning a little of the building’s history, as well as who some of its past residents were.  ~ Christopher...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Tab Recreation

    Reader’s Question: I played several different sports at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church back in the 1950s.  I remember hearing that Tab’s recreation program was one of the oldest and largest church-sponsored athletic departments in the country.  Can you provide a little...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Jordan College of Music

    Reader’s Question: In the 1950s, my parents took me to music lessons at the Jordan College of Music, which was located in a former residence across the street from Shortridge High School.  The corner where Jordan once...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Northside Chinese Restaurants

    Reader’s Question: Back in the Fifties and Sixties, my family sometimes dined at a Chinese restaurant called the Mandarin Inn, which was as well-known for its steaks as it was for its Chinese food.  There were also several other popular...

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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: WTH WTH: Wonder Twin Powers, Activate

    The vinyl, wood awning, mismatched windows and missing windows (up top) aren’t cute. But……Form of: Hot Mess Ever see some sort of personal ornamentation (makeup, clothing, hair, perfume) and think ‘Wow, it can’t get much...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Helping Hands for Historic Homes

    Ever thought you’d love to live in an historic home, except…it’s old, it’s drafty, it needs a lot of maintenance? Like the rest of us, existing architecture isn’t getting any younger, but there is something...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then and Now: W. E. Mick Building and Aquilina Apartments, Central Avenue and East 30th Street

    The W. E. Mick Building, also known as the Aquilina Apartments, was a brick structure built in 1910-11 on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and East 30th Street. Realtor and developer William E. Mick...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Deep rooted history in Mapleton-Fall Creek

    Usually, I gravitate towards the neighborhoods nearest to the Mile Square–the older, the better for this gal; and I assumed all of the longest inhabited areas in the city are only centered around that original...

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