• Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: the Shortridge-Voss house (1301 Broadway)

    “A country whose buildings are of wood can never increase in its improvements to any considerable degree.” Thus spoke Thomas Jefferson. The quote, part of a discussion on the durability of architecture, appeared in Jefferson’s...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Truss

    Repeating Trusses in the Main Hall, City Market Truss. The truss is an extremely versatile architectural feature, applied across a variety of properties in many different ways. For today, we’ll just get familiarized with the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Parquet, not a creamy spread

    The warmer weather inevitably makes me grateful for wood floors–just seems to make the house feel lighter and cooler. The above advert is from 1906 and below from 1898–I have to wonder if my parquet...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Turret

    Turret. Today’s Building Language term should be no stranger to fans of historic architecture in Indianapolis. A turret is defined as a small tower attached to a larger structure, typically found in the corner or...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Bargeboard

    314 North Park Avenue in Lockerbie Square with Two Bargeboards on Main Roof Bargeboard. Bargeboard is the term used for the elaborately decorated, often carved, wood boards attached along the edges of a gabled roof....

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