• Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name – H. Lauter Lofts

    photo by Ryan Hamlett Location: West Washington and Harding Streets Named for Herman Lauter, Furniture manufactuer The former home of the H. Lauter Company is now condominiums on the city’s near westside. Herman Lauter was...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Shortridge High School

    Thumbing through stacks of postcards, on the hunt for pictures and stories from a particular town … in a particular time frame, I’ve discovered that it’s inevitable to find duplicates. Imagine the postcard rack in...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Albert R. Worm Building

    Albert R. Worm Building at 1223 West Oliver Avenue – Photo by Ryan Hamlett A day after the Nationwide OTR Recycling plant at 220 S. Belmont pelted downtown and the near southwest side with toxic...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Wilbur Shaw Memorial Hill

    Practicing for the Big Race – Photo by Ryan Hamlett The name Wilbur Shaw is synonymous with auto racing in Indianapolis. The three time 500 winner (’37,’39 & ’40) Shelbyville native was the last Hoosier...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Westwood Country Club

    Dilapidated Westwood Country Club, Speedway Indiana – Photo by Ryan Hamlett Nestled between 10th and 21st Streets on High School Road on the western edge of Speedway, what was once the Westwood Country Club sits...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Hawthorne Neighborhood

    Reader’s Question: I wondered if you have any information on the near westside Hawthorne area. We are currently helping on a rehab in the 200 block of N. Mount Street. ~ Steve L, Indianapolis HI’s...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Westside Bunker

    We’ve heard the ideal setup for paintball has walls or elements behind which you may hide, or if it’s extra sophisticated, there might be shifting pieces to hide or reveal participants. Like something out of...

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  • Posted in: A Room with a View A Room With A View – Central State Hospital

    View of the Laundry Building from the Powerplant – Central State Hospital On the near westside of Indianapolis, constrained by Washington and Vermont Streets and Tibbs and Warman Avenues sits an 100-acre plot of land...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Wrong on Reisner

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Surveying this specimen, please note: Hodgepodge shapes/sizes/placements of windows and doors Drainage as decor, front and center–somewhat hiding the skinny porch posts Hard to...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Darling, Do These Posts Make My Top Look Big?

    Not only does the wholly sided top above this porch look odd without some sort of window, the toothpick posts holding ‘er all up look like they may snap any second from the weight being...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Taste the Rainbow

    Gleaming in the distance, you might not be able to tell what it is… While this column doesn’t tend to offer commentary on paint colors–that bei much more personal and an individual matter of taste...

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

    Aqueduct St. Location: Central Canal-Fall Creek aqueduct     The Central Canal through Indianapolis was originally a part of what was supposed to be a statewide canal system.  The path of the canal ran through...

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