Photographs, Preservation

16 Indiana county courthouses

Clay County Courthouse
Brazil, Clay County; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Vigo County Courthouse
Terre Haute, Vigo County; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Parke County Courthouse
Rockville, Parke County; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Wayne County Courthouse
Richmond, Wayne County; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Johnson County Courthouse
Franklin, Johnson County; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Decatur County Courthouse
Greensburg, Decatur County; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Jefferson County Courthouse
Madison, Jefferson County; Canon PowerShot S80
Fulton County Courthouse
Rochester, Fulton County; Canon PowerShot S80
St. Joseph County Courthouse
South Bend, St. Joseph County; Canon PowerShot S80
Jackson County Courthouse
Brownstown, Jackson County; Canon PowerShot S80
Lawrence County Courthouse
Bedford, Lawrence County; Canon PowerShot S80
Fountain County Courthouse
Covington, Fountain County; Canon PowerShot S95
Courthouse at Paoli
Paoli, Orange County; Pentax ME, Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8, Kodak Ektar 100
Hancock County Courthouse
Greenfield, Hancock County; Canon PowerShot S95
Martinsville, Morgan County; Pentax K10D, smc PENTAX-FA 28-80mm F3.5-4.7
Boone County Courthouse
Lebanon, Boone County; Nikon N70, 28-80/3.5-5.6D AF Nikkor, Kodak Max 400

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8 Odd Fellows buildings in Indiana

Washington at Addison
Indianapolis, Olympus XA, Kosmo Foto Mono
Downtown Richmond
Richmond, Canon PowerShot S95
Centerville, Canon PowerShot S95
North Salem, IN
North Salem, Kodak EasyShare Z730
Odd Fellows Building, Eminence
Eminence, Kodak EasyShare Z730
IOOF, Roann
Roann, Yashica Lynx 14e, Kodak T-Max 400
IOOF Thorntown
Thorntown, Kodak No. 2 Brownie, Model F, Kodak Verichrome Pan (x 6/82)
Rolling Prairie, Kodak EasyShare Z730

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N. K. Hurst Co.

N. K. Hurst Co.
Reto Ultra Wide and Slim
Fujicolor 200

On the southeast edge of Downtown Indianapolis, in the shadow of Lucas Oil Stadium, stands the original home office of N. K. Hurst Company. You might know Hurst best for their 15-bean HamBeens soup kit. If it’s not available in your local grocery store, you can buy it and all of their other products at their Shopify site.

Hurst’s home office actually isn’t in this building anymore. They moved it to an industrial park on the east side of Zionsville, a suburb northwest of Indianapolis where I live. I drive by it on the way to Aldi, which does not carry HamBeens products.

I remember there being quite a kerfluffle when the land was purchased to build Lucas Oil Stadium. The N. K. Hurst Co. was on the south edge of the overall site. The authority that built the stadium wanted the land to complete a huge parking lot, but N. K. Hurst Co. did not want to give way. I’m sure billable legal hours ensued, but an agreement was reached that saved the building. After all that, a few years later N. K. Hurst. Co. moved its headquarters to Zionsville. The building is now used as an event space called The Heirloom, despite still bearing its N. K. Hurst Co. branding.

I made this photo with the tiny Reto Ultra Wide and Slim. The building’s corner has a slightly upturned look in real life, but something about the camera’s lens or how the film happened to be laying strongly exaggerated the effect.

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single frame: N. K. Hurst Co.

The original HQ of a bean warehouse.


Indianapolis Michigan Road landmark The Pyramids changes hands

The Pyramids is a distinctive office complex on the Far Northwestside of Indianapolis, along the historic Michigan Road. I shared its history here. The Indianapolis Star reports that it has been sold.

The Pyramids

The buyer is Speedway, Indiana, based KennMar, which plans to revitalize the site by upgrading the facade and enhancing interior common areas.

The Pyramids

KennMar believes that this acquisition complements the company’s in-progress development of a site within the same office park that once contained a large hotel with an indoor water park. The site will contain a free-standing Starbucks and a 10,000-square-feet shopping complex that will include a Panera Bread location.

KennMar is doing this at a time when office occupancy is down considerably thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. They are betting that businesses will return to in-person working over the next several years.

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For sale: The Huddleston Farmhouse, an 1841 farmstead on Indiana’s National Road

The Huddleston Farmhouse

Indiana Landmarks has owned this property since 1974 — they’ve even kept their Eastern Regional Office in it. But now they’ve listed it for sale, at the incredible price of $349,000.

The property includes the 14-room 1841 farmhouse, the pumphouse, the barn, and an undisclosed amount of land.

Indiana Landmarks keeps the grounds open to National Road travelers much of the year. Occasionally, they open the house and barn for tours. I’ve been fortunate to be on one of those tours and shared extensive photos in this article and this article. But here are a few photos of the interior. This is the kitchen.

The Huddleston Farmhouse

This is the dining room.

The Huddleston Farmhouse

This is the formal parlor.

The Huddleston Farmhouse

Anything built before about 1850 qualifies as “very old” in Indiana. If you’d like to live in one of Indiana’s oldest houses, on the historic National Road near Cambridge City, Indiana, see this listing for more details.

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Carnegie libraries in Indiana

Not long ago I shared a photo of the Carnegie library in Thorntown, Indiana, and linked to an old post of a few other Carnegie libraries I’ve photographed. But I’ve photographed so many other Carnegie libraries that I thought it’s time for a new post full of them.

The first one I ever knowingly saw was in Greensburg. I came upon it when I surveyed the Michigan Road from end to end in 2008. It looked like this then:

Former City Hall

As far as I knew, it had always been the City Hall. But on a subsequent trip, the City Hall sign had been removed to reveal “Carnegie Public Library” beneath. I believe this building is a private residence today.

Carnegie library

I came upon the Carnegie library in North Vernon in 2010 while exploring US 50 across Indiana. I believe this building is used for some municipal purpose today.

North Vernon library

I have photographed the Carnegie library in Kirklin more than any other. I like little Kirklin, it’s not very far from my home, and it’s on the old Michigan Road.

Kirklin Pvblic Library

I found the Carnegie library in Paoli in 2012 while exploring the old Dixie Highway in southern Indiana. I don’t think this is used as a library anymore.

Paoli Carnegie Library

I photographed Sheridan’s Carnegie library in 2015 while on an outing with my Olympus Trip 35 camera. The building is still a library. Sheridan is in the county north of Indianapolis.

Sheridan Carnegie Library

From a road trip along the National Road in western Indiana in 2015, here’s the Carnegie library in Knightstown. It’s still a library, I’m pretty sure.

Carnegie Library

In the west Indianapolis neighborhood where I used to go to church, a Carnegie library has been converted into a community center.

Hawthorne Center

In Brookville, in southeast Indiana, the Carnegie library appears to still be a library. I photographed this late last year.

Brookville, IN

In Thorntown, in Boone County, the Carnegie library has been expanded and remains a library. I made this photograph in 2018 on color slide film.

Thorntown Carnegie Library

In Lebanon, also in Boone County, I’ve never photographed the Carnegie library in total, but I did photograph this detail last year.

Carnegie Library

What’s remarkable to me is how no two Carnegie libraries I’ve encountered look anything alike!

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