A few weeks ago some exploratory excavation was done on the site after soil tests indicated a small amount of petroleum was found present. The site exploration revealed a few other things…without revealing the source of the petroleum. It was ruled that the source of the petroleum was no longer on site.
Found some interesting items in what appeared to previously be a basement. These included: brick foundation from a prior building, 3 steel pipes (1 1/2″), copper pipes (1/2″ and 3/4″), 1 rubber hose (1 1/2″), lumber, charred wood, and construction debris. It’s kind of amazing to think what was on this site previously. I would love to know more about this and see what sort of building sat here.
So…to give everyone a little information on the house:
Total Interior Square Footage: 1204
First Floor Square Footage: 748
Second Floor Square Footage: 456
Roof Garden Square Footage: 183
Balcony Square Footage: 50
In 1835, what today is known as Fountain Square began with the purchase of a 264-acre farm plat by Calvin Fletcher and Nicholas McCarty. The earliest settlement was sparse and primarily residential with substantial settlement and rapid commercial growth occurring in the area beginning in the 1870s. German and German-American merchants helped establish much of the character of Fountain Square.
The Virginia Avenue corridor began to emerge as the south side’s commercial center as early as the 1860s. Up until the mid twentieth century, Fountain Square continued to experience growth. Additionally, it became a key point in the local theater heritage of Indianapolis.
Around the middle of the twentieth century, the neighborhood began to see the effects of sprawl and began to experience a major decline. The construction of the interstate furthered the neighborhood’s decline during the 1970s, creating a division in the neighborhood and cutting it off from downtown. New development to the south furthered the exit of commercial business and residents.
Today, however, the neighborhood is experiencing reinvestment and new growth. Fountain Square has now become a neighborhood with local restaurants, art galleries, artists’ studios, and a destination for live entertainment. The growth continues with the promise of new businesses, restaurants, entertainment venues, the new leg of the cultural trail, and so on. Today is an exciting time to be a part of the neighborhood and to be a part of this reinvestment.
Welcome. Today is the start of the documentation of my bro’s (Pat) house in Fountain Square in Indianapolis. I will be attempting to document the process from the completion of design (which is always uncertain and seemingly never ending) through the construction of the house. This will include final design decisions to be made and moments within the construction process. Look for the first detailed post to appear soon, providing some basic background on the project and the neighborhood in which its situated. Thanks so much for checking it out and we are all excited to see the house come to fruition!
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