12/18/2008

Corn-fed Modern


A photographic tour of Mid-Century Modern Indianapolis.


Atomic Indy has gained national readership. Reoccurring question echoes. "Indianapolis has Mid-century Modern homes?" Question inevitably asked with a tone of disbelief or shock. Reply is simple. "Yes. Beautiful ones." This post tributes Indy's MCMs. The ones lurking outside the boundaries of my neighborhood. Let's take a ride.

Prior to tour starting must pause. Quick moment to thank fellow appreciator of Indy's MCM treasures. Cheers to Paul - known on Lotta Living Forums as, MCMLII. Many of the images were provided by him. His work can be seen on Flickr.

First stop. Paul's house. Resides in Noblesville.


Williams Creek area. Close acquaintance lives here. Former Herman Miller showroom designer.


Meridian Hills Area.


Greenwood. Home is occupied by law office. Unfortunately falling into disrepair.


Ewing.


Devonshire.


Avriel Shull designed home. Interior is fantastic. Owner occasionally spotted in online communities. If you're out there let me know.


Avon Hills.


Friend lives here. Passionate MCM renovator.



Corridor full of MCMs exists between College and Binford east/west, and 64th and 46th north south. Majority of images below were taken in said corridor.









Red house over yonder. Almost bought this. Shady lease arrangement with current tenant led us to move on. Hope this one survives.












Currently on market. $165,000.


This is only a sampling. Many remain un-photographed. If you know any point me their way.

If you're looking for a Mid-Century Modern home for sale in Indianapolis call Joe Shoemaker. He gets it. Currently several available. Three affordable ones are detailed here.

As for our project. Things have slowed slightly. Office hours have been long. Holiday preparations have been consuming. More progress soon. Have a few surprises for you...

Cheers,

-Baz

14 comments:

The Urbanophile said...

Awesome rundown, dude!

Anonymous said...

Looks great Baz. After the holidays we all need to go on a "tour".

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liz said...

Great tour! Stumbled upon this desk on ebay in Muncie -- I don't know anyone in Indiana who would get excited @ this desk except for you and your readers. http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-DANISH-MODERN-EAMES-ERA-DESK-NR-NICE_W0QQitemZ290285745650QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item290285745650&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A14|294%3A50

Kevin said...

Awesome blog! Really excited that I found it!

Wife and I are looking for a new place with some actual architecture as oppossed to the blandness that is the beige boxes.

Your experience has been an inspiration! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm happy to have found your blog through RetroRenovation.com. I live in Bloomington, Indiana, and love to see MCM homes in our region. Bloomington has some goodies too!

Anonymous said...

We looked at the house on Ewing when it was for sale and it was pretty awesome (out of our price range!!)! Of course it was on the market long!
Cheers, Kim

baz_mcm said...

Reply to Liz;

Great find on Ebay. Check out: http://www.lushpad.com/blog/ it's basically an MCM furniture classifieds.

Cheers,

-Baz

baz_mcm said...

Reply to Kevin;

Good luck on your hunt. What part of the country are you searching in?

Patience is the best advice I can offer.

Keep us posted.

Cheers,

-Baz

baz_mcm said...

Reply to Anonymous Re: Bloomington;

I don't get down there often got any pics you can share?

Cheers,

-Baz

baz_mcm said...

Reply, Anonymous Re: Ewing

Ewing is a great looking house. Did you go inside? I've not had that pleasure.

Cheers,

-Baz

Deuteronomy said...

Glad I find this site through Urbanophile's guidance. I currently live in the Boston area, a metro that peaked LONG before this architectural period established prominence. I can hardly ever think of seeing this style of housing in Boston metro, and as it experiences an inevitable resurgence in popularity and curiosity, cities such as Indy (which has quite a bit of it) can only stand to benefit.

Maggie said...

My husband and I live in the Avriel Shull place (7th on the list). I think he may have contacted you. Get it touch if you'd like more info!

John Graham said...

I love living in my Avriel home. I've lived in the Thornhurst addition for 19 wonderful years. Although my house looks like a swiss chalet and I prefer the more contemporary designs. The floorplan and blend of nature is priceless. Great page ty for sharing!

Sus said...

I'm in Bloomington too - home with kids for now but still keeping up my design biz on the side. Love the MCM scene in Indiana; hope more people gain interest before I go full time again! :)