Posted by Kevin Kastner in Historical Posts
on Jun 10th, 2010
The remodel of the former H&H Mart on Washington Street for this redevelopment project
has unveiled a simple, but intriguing, historic detail. I almost couldn’t wait to get a good look at it for myself after I found out about it:
Here’s the McOuat building next door, also undergoing renovation:
With the sudden glimpse of detail that the city had been deprived of, one has to wonder what is hiding behind our other stone coverings at street level. We have 2 such claddings at Meridian and Washington (i.e. the exact center of the city):
There are 2 more of these one block to the east:
Fairly or not, Indianapolis is not well-known for its plethora of historic structures dating from the age where fine architectural detail was commonplace. It would be a good step to treat the ones that we do have with better care and let them show the world the facade that their builders had intended.