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College Avenue Nodes: 42nd Street Edition

This is the last post in a series featuring College Avenue nodes in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. Again, thanks to Mary Owens from the MKNA for all of the helpful information.   Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 can be read here.

Northwest:

The northwest corner contains the 2 most prominent historic buildings at the intersection.  This one houses a barber shop, and is a former Kroger grocery store.

Proof of the former Kroger at the entrance of the building:

The other large building is a 3-story former Masonic Lodge.  It is now home to the Church of Christ as well as Taste of Philly pretzels.

Southwest:

The home of the College Avenue Library.  A nice-looking structure that is about a decade-old.

Northeast:

Originally a bank building (the safe deposit box still stands), this was until recently an outpost of the Indianapolis Police Department.  I’m not sure what is going on here any more, but it does still seem to be use by the Police Department in some capacity.  This was also the corner that housed the Uptown movie theater.

Southeast:

I did not take a photo of the Fire Department building at the southwest corner.  There’s also a large parking lot at the corner which should be ripe for potential development.

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4 Responses to “ “College Avenue Nodes: 42nd Street Edition”

  1. Matt Stone says:

    That was a former Kroger? Must’ve been ages ago. I’ve been driving by that area pretty much since I could drive and I only remember that building as housing a barber shop or whatever.

    I’ve heard good things about the pretzel place but haven’t tried it myself. Any of you regular readers/posters have opinions on it?

  2. sjudge says:

    As noted in Historic Indianapolis’ blog, there was also a Kroger in the current Super 8 location at 46th St., making Kroger, and Bell telephone switching stations (the former Girl’s Inc and the current IPA on Central, the most reused locations in MK.

  3. George Starkey says:

    Kroger has hop-scotched its way all over College Avenue- the former pawn shop just north of Rally’s at 38th was a Kroger, they occupied both the northeast and southeast corners of 46th Street & College, then on up to 54th & College, finally to the current location in Broad Ripple on Guilford. As far as I know, only the 38th & College location was open concurrently with Broad Ripple. Must’ve been something of a topic of conversation “where’s Kroger going now?”.

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