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One of the Oldest Commercial Buildings in City Coming Back to Life

One of the Oldest Commercial Buildings in City Coming Back to Life
The long vacant structure at 42 East Washington Street is finally seeing some quality redevelopment work.  The building, which could even date to 1846, will soon contain a sculpture gallery on its first floor, and perhaps a second floor use. A view from Pennsylvania Street to show the building peaking up above, along with its ghost sign. The upper floors of this building have been largely vacant for at least 40 years, as seen in this article on Historic Indianapolis. I have not yet heard about plans for the top 3 floors, but the rendering on the window shows a 4 floor building. It is possible that...
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Generic Facades Masking our History

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...
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