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Knights of Pythias: 1905

Knights of Pythias: 1905

Indianapolis circa 1905. "Knights of Pythias Building." A sort of Flatiron wannabe that predated its taller brother by two years. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

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Union Traction

The "streetcar" is an interurban combine. An educated guess is that is a St Louis-built car of the Union Traction Company of Indiana.

They don't do that anymore

I love how there is a lumber store on the 8th floor of this building. One wonders how they got lumber all the way up there.

Triangulation

Indianapolis had a few "flatiron wannabes" back in the day. Four streets radiated from downtown's circle at 45-degree angles from the city grid, creating wedgy corners that cried out for buildings like these. All of them were demolished long ago; the first blocks of several of the angled streets were closed and made into larger blocks for some of Indianapolis's modern skyscrapers.

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