• Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Former Block Mansion Site

    As mentioned earlier this week in the Preservation Denied: William H. Block Mansion article, we feature the building that replaced that historic mansion as this week’s WTH.  This ranch-style cinder block replacement was constructed as...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: the Importance of Windows

    Today’s What the H*ll highlights why historic windows are an important piece of a structure, and why they are on Indiana Landmarks’ Endangered List. I think the photos speak for themselves. The building is located...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Can We All Agree?

    With today’s earlier post being more apparently a “Sunday Prayer“, here is a second WTH, presumably one that we all can agree on. It is located in Herron-Morton Place. While it probably has an interesting...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Barbershop House

    Today’s WTH is this home located at the corner of College Avenue and 15th Street. It is not certain if the home is a single-family dwelling or if it contains apartments (or if it is...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: 16th and Park

    This little vacant gas station is located on the southeast corner of 16th Street and Park Ave. Judging by the paint colors, I think it was most recently a Speedway, though that was many moons...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: A Greek Tragedy

    Just to the north of the Old Northside neigborhood lies this vacant home at 19th and Central. Vacant, but not quite abandoned… Apparently, the fake stone facade reminded some local artist so much of a...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Copycat

    We typically don’t pick on color choices for historic homes in What the H*ll, since colors are such a personal preference and just about any color could be historically accurate. However, we make an exception...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: 20/22 N Delaware

    St. Patrick’s Day was just last week, so I’m still a little bit in an Irish mood. I’m still having beer and hoping for some Irish luck. It’ll pass soon enough, to be replaced with...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: 323 N. Delaware

    Take a castle wall, remove the parapet, punch out few stones, add some glass windows and door in the openings, a steel fire door for everybody’s safety, paste on two royal blue awnings, and, finally,...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Fall Creek Apartments

    What the hell? This sad-looking building is the former Fall Creek Apartments [edit: Sharon Butsch Freeland tells us the original name was Jose-Balz Apartments, after the developers of the area], located at 30th and Fall...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds…even in Golden Hill?

    It’s funny how some places retain legendary status regardless of time. (I learned that first hand when I stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria a couple of years ago, but that’s a WTH for another day.) I’d...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Where have all the original windows gone?

    Yes, step right up folks and take a gander at one of the most common offenses marring our fair city’s landscape–the retrofitted windows. I have just gotta say: “WTH?!” Recognize me? Conveniently located adjacent to...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: 13th & Delaware Streets…

    Oh yeah, THIS is soooo much better than… I know some of you will maintain it was the former County Courthouse, English’s or some other building, but my #1 “What the H*ll?!” in the destruction...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Gatling Gun Club

    Followers of this website and the companion facebook page have psychic abilities, somehow knowing this building would inevitably be featured on a WTH Wednesday. Remarkably intuitive, these Historic Indianapolis lovers…From basic Italianate house to gauche...

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  • Posted in: WTH Introducing: WTH Wednesday

    Introducing : WTH Wednesdays Taking a cue from the National Trust’s YIKES features (post note: this originally had a link to those features, but all traces of the series has been wiped from online archives),...

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