• Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name – The Kemper, Pierson-Griffiths, or Wedding Cake House

    Kemper House or (Pierson-Griffiths House) Location:  St. Joseph Historic District, Delaware Street Right Reverend. Jackson Kemper, Indiana first Episcopal Bishop Charles Clark Pierson, the owner of a dental supply company originally built this house as...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Driven to the Grave

      The Chevrolet Brothers – Louis, Arthur, and Gaston – were destined for greatness in automotive history but sadly, not wealth. Louis Chevrolet Unless you’re a racing enthusiast, Lois Chevrolet is probably best known to you as one of...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Lost: Falling Through the Cracks

    How do historic properties, listed on multiple National Registers, become abandoned neighborhood eyesores? Lawsuits were filed against the owners of two such buildings, the Chadwick and the Lodge apartments two years ago. While National Register...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: North Pennsylvania Street

    Limestone detailing of the Sylvania, 2013, (c) photo by Kurt Lee Nettleton What’s your favorite apartment building on Pennsylvania Street? Many flats, including the Sylvania and Glencoe, are listed on the National Register of Historic...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Finial

    Finial. Standing on top of the apex of a roof or spire is the piece of architectural ornament known as a finial. As a reminder, a spire is a tall, pyramidal structure that rises above...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Buttress

    Buttress. In its simplest form, the buttress is a pier (column-like solid projection) reinforcement placed on a wall to provide additional structural support. The buttress is primarily found on exterior walls of brick or masonry...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: 919 North Pennsylvania Street

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever breezed through the 900 block of Pennsylvania without noticing much around you. Looks like the originally designed balcony is not what you’ll see here today. In any case, compare the rendering...

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