Preservation, Road Trips

The McOuat building

The McOuat (Mi-COO-it) building was a blight. Few buildings in downtown Indianapolis looked thisĀ bad.

Blighted, not blighted

But a renovation completed in 2010 brought this 1901 building back to life. It’s now stores and apartments.


This building stands on Washington Street and is on both the National and Michigan Roads. I took the first photo above when I toured the Michigan Road in 2008. Much of this block was blighted then. But in the years that followed, Washington Street resurged. Buildings were renovated, businesses moved in — and now it’s a destination again.

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10 thoughts on “The McOuat building

  1. I like stories like that, especially when they happen within the notice and timeframe of a particular person. Redemption stories of any kind are welcome. :)

    • We do like redemption stories, don’t we?! Downtown Indianapolis is undergoing a rebirth of sorts, slowly. I wonder if it’s because the millennial generation wants to live downtown. Whatever the reason, I love to see it. Secretly, I’d love to live downtown someday.

    • I remember when I used to come Downtown 25 years ago, visiting from Terre Haute. This place was a dump. It’s astonishing how much work they’ve done to make Downtown a real destination since then.

  2. Bob Dungan says:

    Nice to see it has been redone. I think Goverment should encourage reuse of existing buildings and discourage gobbling up farm land to build new buildings. Urban sprawl has gotten out of control in our area.

    • I drove through the 116th/Spring Mill area the other day. I worked up there 10 years ago and it was all farmland. Now there’s subdivisions and a CVS and strip malls. Good heavens, the world did not need another strip mall.

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