We’ve all seen plenty of these around Indy, a home or commercial building covered in Insulbrick.

This one, on West New York Street looks as though it was once a store front–and despite its decrepit condition, captures the imagination: fodder for fascinating daydreams, imagining how a little neighborhood place like this once served its nearby community. ¬†If this place could talk, what would it have to say about Indy?

This sort of ¬†asphalt covering was a popular alternative to repairing or replacing wood siding from the 1930’s- 1960’s and the city still has much property swathed in the stuff. Having arrived here to 2013, however, it would be nice to see this little gem restored to its original exterior treatment. For some, buildings like this are what dreams are made of–reflecting on its past and wistful about its future…