• Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: A Lost Oasis

    Sometimes you just can’t stop “progress.” As the sprawl of Indianapolis spreads further past the boundaries of Marion County, small, independent communities are being gobbled up, their identities lost. Today, t appears that this phenomenon...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Rhodius Park Area

    Reader’s Question:  A friend of mine has asked me about the history of the Rhodius Park area, since she has just moved into a house across from the park. I tried searching the HI website,...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Woodland Cemetery

    Reader’s Question: Would you have any information about a cemetery that once existed on the east side of Indianapolis, called Woodland Cemetery? ~ Mike B. HI’s Answer:  Although the name “Woodland Cemetery” ceased to exist nearly a century ago,...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then and Now: 500 Block of West Washington Street / Eiteljorg Museum

    This 1953 view shows the 500 block of W. Washington Street as it appeared in 1953. (Courtesy of The Indiana Album: Photographed by J. Parke Randall) This week we share another 1953 photograph of Indianapolis...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson (Part I)

    Reader’s Question: What can you tell me about the homes in which Fanny Stevenson lived in the years before she left Indianapolis?  ~  Christy S., Meridian Hills  HI’s Answer: For HI readers who may not be aware, the wife of...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: Lorraine Building

    The Lorraine Building, an extended-stay hotel constructed in 1891, was located at 201 West Washington Street. The location was incredibly desirable even from the beginning, because of its proximity to the current State House (completed...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Mitthoeffer Road and German Church Road

    Reader’s Question: I have read about the heavy German influence in the city from its start to the turn of the century. I think I read somewhere that at one point 70% of city had...

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