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. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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