• Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Independent Turnverein, 902 N. Meridian

    Postmarked 1917 Independent Turnverein Post Card, (courtesy HistoricIndianapolis.com) How lucky Indianapolis is that such detailed and well-crafted buildings still stand today–an unapologetic and ornate vestige of  yesteryear. This one, a magnificent red brick and limestone building...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Pink’s Pharmacy

    Business: Pink’s Pharmacy Year of this Advertisement: 1907 Location:  550 Indiana Avenue Neighborhood: Downtown, Indiana Avenue What they did:  Pharmacy and soda fountain Years of operation: 1896? – 1916 Notable: Herman Pink, the owner of Pink’s Pharmacy, was a Prussian...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indianapolis Turnvereins

    Reader’s Question:  When I was growing up, we were members of a gym called (I think) the Lincoln Turners. My dad’s side of the family was German, and I remember being told something about German...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Southside Turnverein, now Madison Avenue Athletic Club

    You have surely seen this one from the highway and wondered about it. If you have any interest or curiosity when it comes to old buildings. (Photo hint: If you see Lilly coming up on...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Cartouche

    Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Cartouche, Northeast Corner Cartouche. One might be familiar with the term cartouche as the ellipse frame surrounding a group of Egyptian hieroglyphs. However, the term cartouche can also be applied...

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