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Location: Bellefontaine Street

4 responses to “WTH on Belle…fontaine”

  1. Fred J. Nowicki says:

    It is certain the designer/builder never read the book THE OLD WAY OF SEEING by Jonathan Hale.

  2. basil berchekas jr says:

    This is “ridiculous”….this “type” may work in other neighborhoods (like maybe Rocky Ripple, being rather “eclectic” in design, but not in this neighborhood of late nineteenth and early twentieth century styles…

  3. Sharon Butsch Freeland says:

    This is one of those tacky pre-fab homes that was forced upon many of Indianapolis’ struggling older neighborhoods in the 1960s and 1970s, by insensitive companies like TOPPS. These aesthetically challenged builders grabbed up vacant lots for next-to-nothing and put up the cheapest homes that they could get away with.
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    These homes were built on slabs, had hardly any pitch to their rooflines, were encased in aluminum siding, and had slider-type aluminum windows of mismatched shapes and sizes. They were barely one-story high and only about 900 square feet inside, when most of the homes around them were two and three stories tall and had 2,000 or more square feet.
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    Take a look at today’s featured property from the alley behind it on Google maps (use the arrows on the streets to “drive” around the corner and down the alley behind it). The back side of this home has not received the same exterior treatment as the other three sides that you can see from the front of the home. From the alley side, you can see the original exterior of the structure. It is clearly not from the same era or of the same quality as the homes around it, many of which were probably built by 1900.
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    Someone has tried to dress up this home. Unfortunately, the supposed fix does not improve upon the original home. Besides, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

  4. basil berchekas jr says:

    That’s much more succinct that what I mentioned…. the same point; these “homes” are totally out of scale and design, let alone character, with the original homes in this neighborhood; and this is unfortunately replicated across the US…

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