• Posted in: Misc Mondays Misc Monday: The Magnetic Woman who Overpowered Indy

    Lulu Hurst performs her “electric” wonders against a team of strong men. Illustration from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, July 26, 1884. (Digital Public Library of America) For almost a whole week in December 1884, one...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Hoosierdini

    This advertisement promoting the famous Harry Houdini’s performances at B.F. Keith’s Theater (March 1910) was recently found Ebay. Indy was Wild about Harry Though born Erich Weisz on March 24, 1874 in Hungary, the man...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania B. F. Keith’s Grand Opera House

    A closed Keith’s Theater advertises “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” at the nearby Indiana Theater  Today, scaffolding surrounds the Consolidated Building at 115 North Pennsylvania Street in downtown Indianapolis as TWG Development, LLC...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Sissle-ing Talent!

    A Pioneering Singer, Bandleader, Composer: Noble Lee Sissle Born in Indianapolis in July of 1889, Noble Sissle was destined to travel the world on his musical genius, which he came by honestly; his mother, Martha, was a school teacher who loved...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania The Lyric Theater

    Just as the popularity of Netflix and Redboxes have yielded thousands of vacant storefronts across the county once occupied by Blockbuster Video stores, television’s popularity led to the near extinction of the double purpose stage/movie...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites The Consolidated Building (aka Lemcke Annex)

    When you see a stately old building in a vintage postcard, do you wonder (with furrowed brow) if the building still stands? This venerable old brick and terra cotta edifice, née the Lemcke Annex, was an addition...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: Heier’s Hotel

    The Heier Hotel, located at 12-18 South New Jersey Street, is named after original owner Fred Heier. Heier had multiple business ventures, including Heier & Shea and Heier & Son. Heier & Shea, with partner...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Oriental Theater, 1105 S. Meridian Street

    One of our city’s more interesting-looking theaters was the Oriental Theater. Owner Louis E. Burkhart built the fireproof brick building with a Pagoda-style entrance in 1910-11. It was located on the southeast corner of South...

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