• Posted in: Auto Indy Revamped Fisher Mansion on Marian Campus

    FisherMansion in 2005 It’s no surprise that the extravagant entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher also had an luxurious home. In late 1909 or early 1910, Fisher and his wife Jane purchased the old 20-acre homestead that...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Coping

    Coping. The architectural term coping refers to the top course of masonry used to “cap” the top of an exterior wall. Coping is commonly sloped or curved to help divert water away from the building....

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Brick Courses

    Brick Courses. Everyone has some understanding of brick as a building material. A wide range of building types, from small to large, residential to commercial, old and new, use brick as a primary structural or...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Chimney

    Chimney. I highly doubt many of you are using today’s Building Language term – the chimney – in the midst of our July heat. Although buildings old and new feature chimneys, there’s still plenty to...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Porte-Cochère

    Porte-Cochère. The literal French translation equates to carriage (cochère) door (porte). Originally, porte-cochères provided a covered entrance for individuals to exit horse carriages. The porte-cochère gained prominence in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, commonly found...

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