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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  2. Once a Marion Co. commuter tax is established, I'm moving my organization out of Indianapolis. Face it, with the advancement in technology, it's getting more cost effective to have people work out of their homes. The clock is running out on the need for much of the office space in Indianapolis. Establishing a commuter tax will only advance the hands of the clock and the residents of Indianapolis will be left to clean up the mess they created on their own, with much less resources.

  3. The 2013 YE financial indicates the City of Indianapolis has over $2 B in assets and net position of $362.7 M. All of these assets have been created and funded by taxpayers. In 2013 they took in $806 M in revenues. Again, all from tax payers. Think about this, Indianapolis takes in $800 M per year and they do not have enough money? The premise that government needs more money for services is false.

  4. As I understand it, the idea is to offer police to live in high risk areas in exchange for a housing benefit/subsidy of some kind. This fact means there is a choice for the officer(s) to take the offer and receive the benefit. In terms of mandating living in a community, it is entirely reasonable for employers to mandate public safety officials live in their community. Again, the public safety official has a choice, to live in the area or to take another job.

  5. The free market will seek its own level. If Employers cannot hire a retain good employees in Marion Co they will leave and set up shop in adjacent county. Marion Co already suffers from businesses leaving I would think this would encourage more of the same.

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