Wedding Cake, Anyone?

August 29, 2007
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Wedding Cake HouseOne of Indy's most unique houses is up for sale, with an asking price of $449,900. The Wedding Cake House, built in 1873, has been home to the central regional office for Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. The foundation's regional office plans to move into the group's state headquarters along the Canal at 340 W. Michigan St. The three-bedroom, two-bath home, known formally as Kemper House, sits at 1028 N. Delaware St., just south of the Interstate 65 overpass. The Victorian house has been in public use for 40 years and is now configured as an office.
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  • Sure! I'd tap into that. I believe i drove past it recently. And yes... It IS pretty damn sweet! Much like wedding cake. :-)
  • Looks like a good place for a coffee shop
  • Coffee shop, chocolate shop OR even a modest art gallery of sorts.
  • I suspect it comes with deed restrictions. Potential buyers would be well-advised to ask what uses and modifications might be impermissible.
  • I hope it is used as offices again.
    I would hate to see all the colors changed and the exterior and interior changed beyond historical reason.
    The way its set just goes with the way its built.
    They should sell it as office space, and make sure that historical fixtures, woodwork, etc are not altered or removed.
  • Naturally it will be selected as Indy's new Ikea store.
  • I don't know about historic paint job...other than it looks like it is old. While I agree that the architecture is very nice, I always laughed when I saw the Historic Landmarks sign because it looks to be in such bad shape.

    I do agree that it would be a great building for a coffeeshop/art gallery, but I question there being enough foot traffic in that particular area to sustain it. How about we move it and plop it on top of one of the ugly buildings that the architecture snobs are complaining about downtown? Would that be unique enough as a penthouse? ;-D
  • We all know it will be the next CVS site. They will bulldoze it. And put up a parking lot. Remember THIS IS Indianapolis. We don’t do Historic.
  • I can assure you that there will be ample protection for this building's historic elements. Not only is it in St. Joe's Historic District, but I am sure that Historic Landmarks will protect it through is Historic Covenant Program. These covenants require the owner obtain approval from Landmarks for design changes, including color scheme. Landmarks has these same protections on around 300 properties in Marion County. It also gives them limited right to re-enter and retake the property. The legal enforceability of these rights and protections were reinforced a few years ago through litigation in Southern Indiana.
  • Word on the street is that Don's Guns is looking for a downtown location. There will alot of public assistance on this deal.

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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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