Article Archives: Building Blocks

Building Blocks is a monthly feature by historian Steve Barnett about historic properties on the east side of Indianapolis.

A Place to Call Home

Today we live in a world governed by numbers; from social security numbers to PINs to area codes, names are irrelevant. Even where we live is a number, beginning with street addresses and then postal ZIP codes. Thanks to modern technology and GPS, I now live at 39.7685° N, 86.0708° … Read More

“At the sign of the Big Red Rooster”

Late last month there were news reports of a “gas war” between two south side Indianapolis stations, which reminded me of the “gas wars” of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In those days of black and white television and “duck and cover,” a gallon of fuel was 21.9ȼ which … Read More

Profane, But Not Sordid

While sitting in church one Sunday last month, the pastor spoke the words you don’t want to hear, “I’ve got some bad news.” I settled back in the pew to hear about what is now broken and what small fortune it will take to get it fixed, but instead of … Read More

You Can’t Tell A Building By Its Location

“Hey, that must be the old train station,” walkers, bikers, others who traverse the Pennsy Trail are often heard saying as they pass by the building at the east end of Bonna Ave. at its intersection with Good Ave. A quick look around might seem to confirm this assumption – … Read More

George W. Julian

“I know of nothing better than to settle in the vicinity of Indianapolis, which is undoubtedly destined to be one of the largest cities of the Middle West, and where we shall be accessible to society, libraries and lectures,” said George W. Julian about his decision to build a home … Read More