• Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name? – Heslar Naval Armory

    Photo: Ryan Hamlett Named For: Ola Fred Heslar, Chief of Naval Affairs for Indiana, U.S. Navy Reserves Ola Fred Heslar was born in Brazil, Indiana in 1891 and grew up in Brazil, Crawfordsville, and Indianapolis.  He...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania William H. Coleman Hospital

    William H. Coleman Hospital Photo: Ryan Hamlett Coleman Hospital Location: I.U.P.U.I Campus Named For: William Henry Coleman In 1927, William H. Coleman endowed the hospital for women, in memory of his step-daughter who died from...

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  • 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: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Lockefield Gardens

    Lockefield Gardens Location:  Downtown Locke Street: Erie Locke, Indianapolis City Councilman Before becoming market rate apartments, Lockefield Gardens (designed by William Earl Russ) was one of the first public housing projects in the nation, with construction beginning in 1935. The project...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Murat Shrine Theater

    Murat Shrine Location:  Downtown Bir Murat, an oasis in the Nubian desert;  Joachim Murat, general in Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign. Murat, the name selected for the Shriner’s Temple at 502 N. New Jersey Street in Indianapolis, is of unusual interest.  Although the...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Barton Apartments

    Barton Apartments Location:  Downtown Mayor John Barton, 43rd Mayor of Indianapolis Barton was born in 1906 and graduated from Cathedral High School.  He earned an engineering degree from Purdue University.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Benton House

    Benton House Location:  312 S. Downey Ave., Irvington Allen Benton, president, Northwest Christian University (now Butler University) Benton House, an iconic landmark in the Irvington neighborhood built in 1873, is named for Allen Benton who was president of Northwest Christian University...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Vajen Exchange Block

    Vajen Exchange Block Location: Wholesale District, Meridian Street- relocated from Pennsylvania Street, between Wabash and Market Streets John H. Vajen, Indianapolis businessman & Indiana’s Quartermaster General John Henry Vajen was born in Hanover, Germany in...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Aston Inn

    Aston Inn Location: 6620 N. Michigan Rd. George W. Aston, proprietor, Aston Inn When Michigan Road was the main thoroughfare that connected Lake Michigan with the Ohio River, the Aston Inn, owned by George Aston,...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Flanner House

    Flanner House Location: Near Northwestside, 2424 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St. Frank Flanner, Indianapolis mortician and civic leader Flanner was born in a Quaker village in Ohio in 1854 and moved to Indianapolis when...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Spruance Basin

    Admiral Spruance Basin Location: Downtown, north end of canal Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, U.S. Navy Raymond Ames Spruance was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 3, 1886, to Alexander and Annie Spruance, but grew up...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: The Blacherne

    The Blacherne Location: Downtown Named after:  Suburb of Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) The Blacherne was the first luxury high-rise apartment building in Indianapolis.  It was developed by General Lew Wallace, the famous Indiana military leader...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Davidson Street

    Davidson St. Location: Downtown, Cole-Noble Catherine & Alexander Davidson, daughter and son-in-law of Gov. Noah Noble Alexander Davidson was born to a prominent Virginia family around 1823. His father was Andrew Baker Davidson, born in...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Moller Road

    Moller Rd. Peter “Chris” Moller, Wayne Township area landowner Peter “Chris” Moller was a Danish immigrant born in September 1856 and who emigrated to the United States in 1882. Moller owned land along present-day Moller Road along the border...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Michigan Road

    Michigan Rd. Lake Michigan Built in the 1830s as one of Indiana’s first major highways, the Michigan Road was the original pioneer trail connecting central Indiana with Lake Michigan to the north and Madison to...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s In a Name: Mollenkopf Road

    Although a small segment of Mollenkopf Road is in Marion County (a few blocks between Fall Creek Road and 96th Street), most of Mollenkopf Road is actually in Hamilton County. This picture is from slightly...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s In a Name: Pentecost Road

    Pentecost Road William B. Pentecost, early landowner, Franklin Township Trustee William Pentecost was an early property owner in Franklin Township.  He was born in in 1832 to Thomas and Elizabeth Pentecost and married Nancy Jane...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Moore Road

    Moore Road Tolbert Robert O. Moore, early landowner Once known as the “Tolbert Moore Free Gravel Road,” Moore Road was the main route from Traders Point to Zionsville.  It was name for Tolbert Moore, who likely paid for and maintained the road...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s In a Name: Mitthoef(f)er Road

    Editor’s Note:  As you will note in this article, the name of the road is spelled both “Mitthoeffer” and “Mitthoefer.”  The correct spelling is explained in an earlier article – HI Mailbag: Mitthoeffer Road and German...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s In a Name: Oliver Avenue

    Oliver Avenue John Holliday Oliver, dean Indiana Medical College & early landowner The land surrounding Oliver Ave. was once owned by Dr. John Holliday Oliver, a professor of surgery at the Indiana University School of...

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