• Posted in: General Grand Entrance: Union Station

    It’s no secret that Union Station is one of the most beautiful historic buildings left in Indianapolis. It just celebrated its 130th anniversary on September 17. And while it’s been well covered on our site...

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  • Posted in: DeJa Vu Deja Vu Tuesday: The Carole Lombard Mystery

    “Every picture tells a story don’t it,” Rod Stewart famously sang in the early 1970s, the same decade that brought us other grammatical atrocities in song titles such as “Baby I’ma want you.” But sometimes...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Last Train to Indy

    No passengers can be seen waiting in this 1970 photograph. (Image: Library of Congress) Passing the Romanesque Union Station may create conflicting emotions for some. It is gratifying to see an impressive historic building restored–especially...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Key West Shrimp House

    The view driving down South Madison Avenue would never be mistaken for being particularly scenic. Acres of post-war housing yielded to many discount stores, payday loan outlets, and used car dealerships, and then, of course,...

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  • Posted in: Misc Mondays Misc. Monday- It wasn’t just zoning…

    …that kept the use of the southeast corner of Illinois and Georgia Streets the same for so long. It was proximity to our transit hub–Union Station. Before the Severin Hotel was built in 1913, The...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania The Graham-Stephenson House

    The Graham-Stephenson House in Irivington – Photo by Ryan Hamlett As the nights grow crisp and cool, the coming fall always reminds me of my childhood in Irvington. Though the October festivities at Connor Prairie...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Pan Am Plaza

    Over 26 years ago, Indianapolis was making huge strides in changing its struggling, rust-belt image out of that of a dusty blip in fly-over country into a mecca for amateur and professional sports. The national...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then and Now: Union Station’s Santa Colossal

    Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Bass Photo Company Collection #109919 It just isn’t Christmas in Indianapolis without Santa Colossal, so we’re repeating the story about the five-story foam Santa who ended up as insulation....

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Adaptive Reuse

    Kendall Inn at the former Fort Benjamin Harrison Adaptive Reuse. Our last preservation themed Building Language term for Preservation Month lets us examine adaptive reuse. Adaptive reuse is the ultimate building recycling – when a...

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  • Posted in: Indianapolis Collected Indianapolis Collected: Relics of the Roads Not Taken

    I’ve noticed that most books about Indianapolis history – or at least the accurate ones – tend to focus on events that actually happened. But sometimes it’s more interesting to read about those things that...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then and Now: Union Station’s Santa Colossal

    At Christmastime in 1949, a large and unusual singing Santa Claus made a short appearance in Union Station, the city’s 1888 Romanesque revival train station. The Chamber of Commerce organized the Indianapolis Industrial Exposition to...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Favorite Fridays: Union Station

    Who doesn’t love this place? I LOVE Union Station. When the Indiana State Preservation Conference held a lunch program there this past April, it was the first opportunity I’d had to sit for a period...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Voussoirs

    Stone arched entrance with rough-faced voussoirs, Blacherne Apartments, 402 North Meridian Street Voussoirs. The use of arches in masonry is widespread across historic buildings in Indianapolis. However, today’s Building Language term explores the vocabulary associated...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Rose Window

    Rose Window on Union Station, 39 Jackson Place Editor’s Note: We  thank outgoing BL contributor Connie Zeigler for her prior contributions and  are pleased to welcome Raina Regan to our team of contributors. Check out a...

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