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. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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