Group plans to auction relics of downtown architecture

November 4, 2009
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The city has agreed to hand over architectural artifacts from a landmark downtown building to a historic preservation group. The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana plans to auction off pieces from the parapet that once stood atop the Indianapolis News-Goodman Jewelers Building along Washington Street. The building, just east of the Conrad Hotel, now is home to Capital Grille on its first floor and high-end apartments upstairs. The city removed the terra cotta parapet several years ago for safety reasons after parts of it fell, but it was never reinstalled in a redevelopment project. The city had been storing the pieces in Union Station, where a Cadillac Ranch theme restaurant is now planned. The historic group picked out pieces that could be used as table bases, benches and lawn art, about an eighth of the former parapet, said Chad Lethig, the group's Indianapolis Preservation Coordinator. They plan to auction them off at a holiday party in December; proceeds will be split between Historic Landmarks and IHPC. "While we would prefer to see the items returned to the building, it would be a shame just to pitch them in the landfill," he said. "They are very cool pieces, especially if someone could 'think outside of the box' for their adaptive re-use." Anyone have ideas?

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  • Why is this okay?
    So, because we didn't require them to re-install this to the original building, its now okay to chop it up and sell it to make coffee tables and lawn benches? I'm sure no one wants to ask why we didn't require that as part of the Conrad deal.
  • Off Subject
    Cory, Would love to read your assessment of the new Wishard hospitals design & cost?
  • Wishard
    Think the new Wishard design will include a faulty retractable roof and an unnecessary window for seeing the skyline that doesn't actually give you a view of the skyline?
    • Artifacts
      Have you ever walked around the Chicago Tribune building; viewed all the artifacts, some ancient, set in the street level facade? We could do the same thing here in Indianapolis but with pieces of our demolished buildings. Now which building should we set them in? So many to choose from.
    • On Subject
      Every time I read about this new Cadillac Ranch themed restaurant going in at Union Station, I get images of a gaudy Las Vegas Bunny Ranch theme for some strange reason;)
    • i think..
      i thought the city would never give a liquor license to another bar after what happened at the ugly monkey??? Ranch ever ripped out the "historic" window to put in a garage door..

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