• Posted in: WTH WTH Weds – Near Fountain Square

    Been doing a little end of the year tidying within the myriad photos on my computer and found this shot I took in May 2010. No clue what it’s looking like now, but I can’t...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: You Haven’t Heard?

    It’s fairly common throughout the city–houses that have seen better times–and of course, there are as many reasons as houses. A small selection of such homes have been featured in this space for just shy...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Vile Vinyl

    WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: South side Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: No Use Abuse

    This week, let’s consider more than just the physical, but enter into the philosophical also. This large building on 21st Street has been shuttered for 10+ years. Many neighborhoods have similar properties within their boundaries....

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Recent Reno

    WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? We are not sure if this just closed or is about to open and has nothing to do with the windows being boarded. The renovation (?) looks new,...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Commercial Corridor

    WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: 1800 block North Meridian Though difficult to see the red brick on the greatest length of this building pre-dates the front alterations.   Remove economic motivations, remove...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Marion County Courthouse vs. CC Building

    Marion County courthouse being pillaged and razed in the shadow of the ‘new’ City County Building, 1963 (photo: IHPC) WTH? Normally we ask: Will this hurt? Will this help? This happened 50 years ago, so...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Pave Paradise…

    WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: 1400 block Pennsylvania, formerly occupied by Peyton Wells Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Sells

    WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: South side Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Plain Drain

    WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this compatible or incompatible,...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Mix Matched

    WTH: Will this hurt? Will this help? As Indy evolved over time, the most popular of sports in “development” would appear to be demolition. In some instances, however, the residences in the path of the...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Case of the Blahs

    WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Located: north of 2200 block of Meridian Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Give Me Gas.

    WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this compatible or incompatible,...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Park it Like it’s…

    WTH: Also stands for Will This Help/ Will This Hurt?  There have been a number of recent conversations at HI HQ about this particular weekly feature… We decided that due to the huge number of...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Hello, Dolly.

    This poor baby is so altered and top heavy and  that Dolly Parton immediately came to mind…a pre-rhinestone version, of the bubbly crooner, of course. We love Dolly too, but it’s not often a piece...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Third Kind’s the Charm?

    Presumably, this historic home started with horizontal wood siding as seen on the top half here. With the enclosure of the front porch, it looks like vertical bead board was added to the top half...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Rapunzel’s Lair

    “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair” Wonder what this simple little gem looked like in its heyday?  ...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: You Say It’s Your Birthday?

    Photo courtesy Jeff Noffsinger Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you  Happy Birthday, dear… …………… Oh. Dear. If this isn’t a CakeWreck, what is it? No, seriously–anyone got any ideas on how this happened...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Commercial Disaster

    Homes aren’t alone in their subjection to heinous makeovers. There is no lack of commercial (former) gems in our fair metropolis, either. Look at the lovely bricks framing this westside storefront. Disastrous polyglot of plywood...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Vertical Horizontal

    This Victorian gem in the rough doesn’t know which way it wants to go. The battle between vertical and horizontal reads like the subtext in a movie which, at it’s heart, is about confusion. The...

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