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NEC Newsletter

August  24, 2016

   It took a bit longer than we anticipated but the goal of transforming stoplight boxes or "invisible canvases" around our neighborhoods has been completed and installed. Known as the "Big Picture" project, this public art initiative set out to engage the community and use the gateways to our communities to tell a story about the NE Corridor. 

Below is a snapshot of the 5 boxes with the finished art wrap, their location, and the story of their creation...

38th & Fall Creek Pkwy: Gold & Glory 
A tribute to the Gold & Glory Sweeptakes for African-American race car drivers at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Started by the Colored Speedway Association, this race proved the capabilities of African-American drivers and mechanics while making household names of Charlie Wiggins and Bobby Wallace of Indianapolis and “Wild Bill” Jeffries of Chicago.

19th & College Ave.: Stratford Movie Theater
19th & College Ave had once been the location of the Stratford Movie Theater. The Stratford was just one of a multitude of neighborhood movie houses throughout the city. According to the Indianapolis Recreational Study of 1914 there were over seventy such theaters at that time. They have included the Park Theater, the Douglas Theater, the Walker, the Uptown, the Lido, the Emerson, the Irving, the Rivoli, the Ritz, the Dream, the Tacoma, the Talbott among many, many others.
56TH & Emerson Ave. : Roberts Dairy/Hermitage
Bordered by Kessler Boulevard, 56th Street, Emerson Way, Fall Creek Road, and Fall Creek, in the early 20th century, the village of Millersville was known for its dairy farms, prominent among them was the Roberts Dairy Company. The Roberts family home was situated on 46th Street and is now home to the Franciscan Hermitage, an international, inter-faith, life center.
52nd & Keystone Ave. : Hiram Bacon House Underground R.R. stop
Hiram Bacon settled in Indianapolis in the area around 54th and Keystone Avenue in 1821. His barn served as a station of the underground railroad. In the image to the upper right of the farmhouse is an escaped slave whose shout for freedom has broken his chains. The orange pattern covering the field of the work is known as the “monkey wrench” and was used as a signal identifying a safehouse.
Fall Creek & College Ave.: Friends & Neighbors Grandview Addition
Designated as the Grandview Addition it was positioned adjacent to the roundhouses for both the Monon and the Nikel Plate Railroads. This proximity to the railways spawned a growth of businesses which included several lumber companies, furniture manufacturers and bakeries. At the corner of 28th & College Ave.sits the former home of Indianapolis architect Preston C. Rubush. With his partner Edgar Hunter they designed numerous Indianapolis landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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