• Posted in: WTH WTH: How Lowes Can You Go?

    Pre-fab/ mass produced doors and windows are to quaint historic homes what a piece of pre-masticated chewing gum is (as a filler) to a smile with a missing tooth: unbecoming and fooling no one. Imagine...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Won’t you (not) be my Neighbor?

    Something is missing here, and it’s not just windows. There’s got to be a back-story–perhaps some long, drawn out Hatfields vs. McCoys level animosity between neighbors? …Because wow: why would you remove most all windows...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Dormer Windows

    Dormer windows on the Ovid Butler House (1306 N Park Avenue) Dormer Windows. A dormer window is a window that projects out from a sloping roof, vertically placed, featuring its own structure with sides and...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Window Sash

    Window Sashes on 1060 Virginia Avenue, Fountain Square Window Sash. You might have heard the term “sash” used in reference to windows, but were you unsure exactly what the term indicated? Have no fear –...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Muntin

    Steel windows with muntins, Virginia Avenue State Bank building, 630 Virginia Avenue Muntin. I was recently asked about this architectural term and figured it would be a great one to feature for today’s Building Language....

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Oxeye Window

    Oxeye Windows, The Wilson, 643 Fort Wayne Avenue Oxeye Window.The oxeye window (also known as an œil-de-bœuf) is a small, elliptical window, typically with four keystones at the four points. The oxeye window frequently appears...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Shed Dormer

    Shed Dormers, 300 Block of North Irvington Ave Shed Dormer. A dormer window is found projecting out from a roof, typically with its own roof, sides, and a window frame on its face. Dormers provide...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Juliet Balcony

    Juliet Balcony. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I wracked my brain of architectural knowledge, consulted architectural dictionaries, and conferred with my architectural minded friends to determine the best architectural term with some connotation with...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Window Hoods

    Window Hood on 1336 North Delaware Street Hood. You might see hoods every day, but not realize the feature has a specific name and purpose. A hood is the piece found above window openings, typically...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Monitor

    Monitor on Lone Hall, Arsenal Technical High School Monitor. A monitor is a raised section found straddling the ridge of a roof. The monitor commonly imitates the roof form of the primary structure, but includes...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Roof

    Roof. For today’s Building Language, let’s examine one of the most vital elements of a structure: the roof. I think it is safe to assume everyone knows what a roof is on a basic level,...

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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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  • Posted in: A Room with a View Room With A View: Indiana Landmarks Office on Michigan

    This afternoon, we introduce a new feature, Room with a View. There are some truly remarkable properties in the city with spectacular and/or unique views. Not everyone would be open to sharing the view inside...

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