Last Saturday, I spent some time in the back of Chatham Tap, among all of the old brick buildings near Mass Ave. I was commenting with my friends about how special this part of town is. It’s easy to dismiss Indianapolis as a new town made of buildings constructed within the past 100 years, and in most places that is not too far from the truth. This part of town is a major exception to that, even though it has faced numerous threats in the past. This is a theme that dates back to at least 1958, according to this charming-yet-frightening planning document (seriously, this thing is a must-read.)
Unfortunately, one of the buildings that has survived through all of these years has fallen into a state of disrepair, and there are calls to demolish it to make way for new apartments facing College Avenue. The head writer from Historic Indianapolis, Tiffany Benedict-Berkson, went to the location to take some photos of the property recently:
These are the types of spaces and places that can not be recreated in 2014. I write this as a simple plea to Milhaus, who is familiar with preservation, as they reused the Bank One Operations building for Artistry. I hope there is a way to save the building and courtyard space, and construct around it if needed. I believe that a creative solution would end up being a win for both the neighborhood and the developer.