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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

F.W. Woolworth: 1940

F.W. Woolworth: 1940

May 1940. "Woolworth Company, Indianapolis, Indiana." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Calling Dr. Freud

Now there is a building with an inferiority complex!

A Rose Between Two Thorns

I don't know what style of architecture that is, but I sure do like it! Those sleek lines and shiny facade just make you want to go in and shop for some moth balls and shaving cream, then wind up at the lunch counter for a burger!

[This is Art Deco style. - tterrace]

Thanks! I thought it was. It looks like what the future should have been!

I grew up on the far

I grew up on the far eastside of Indpls and remember the day the Grant building was on fire. I came home from school and it was all over the news, I was young and got the impression the whole downtown was on fire.

Conflagration

The left-most structure was the Thomas Building. It and the Grant building adjacent to it were consumed by a massive fire in November 1973. In all, 15 buildings were either destroyed or damaged.

http://digitallibrary.imcpl.org/ffm/ffmGrant.php

By this time the Woolworth building had become the Kirk Furniture building. Today it houses a Buffalo Wild Wings. The brick building to its right was then called the MNB building and still stands.

This photo shows the backside of the Grant buiding as the fire raged:

Crisp

The Woolworth facade is like the crisp dollar bill you find in the middle of the worn and well circulated dollar bills in your wallet.

 
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