#ThursdayDoors — 120 E Vermont St




At first glance, this hardly interesting set of doors sits in what looks to be one of the many Art Deco limestone buildings peppering Indianapolis. But is it?

Research of address usually reveals origins, but with this building, I got shorted. Limited information includes being directed to an ad on page 22 from the 1958 Indianapolis Recorder:

“SAFELY INSURING INDIANAPOLIS FOR OVER 70 YEARS” If Your Home Is Worth Insuring For $8000 or more. You are Eligible For The “Home Owners Package Policy” House Insurance • Personal Property Insurance % Burglary & Theft Insurance • Personal Liability Complete Coverage in ONE POLICY For LESS MONEY GREGORY & APPEL INC. 120 E. VERMONT ST.

That company is still in business — at another location.

Of course, I’ve found no way to discern what building was located at 120 E Vermont in 1958.
A real estate site contends this building was erected in 1972 and lists no building materials. It does mention air conditioning.

I am providing a link to the Recorder because like me, some people enjoy old newspapers.

This page is the current link to my disappointment.

#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To see other doors of interest, or to share your own, click the link and find the frog.

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42 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — 120 E Vermont St

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    That is so frustrating when there is nothing to be found about a building. You look at it and just KNOW there’s story in there, but somewhere along the line, it got forgotten.

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  2. A very bare deco. Someone seems to be trying to hide it.

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  3. Benson says:

    I find these buildings fascinating. They remind me of some ancient structures in South America. Maybe 3000 years from now some archaeologist will “discover ” it and declare it a temple from some ancient race.

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    • joey says:

      Hah! I see your perspective, with the sort of pyramidal structure. Egyptian was of course, all the rage — Unless it was really 1972, if that’s right, it had to be a throwback.
      I’m sorta sad it’s just sitting there. Almost 9000 square feet in prime real estate and all it has are upturned flower pots and old phone books.

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      • Benson says:

        I know of a couple of banks that look like that and they were built in the 1930’s. And they are still being used. I wonder how I can find out more?

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        • joey says:

          No idea. I follow a few local historical pages on FB, and often times they show an old building from someone’s archives. I like that, but there isn’t a search feature. Historical Indianapolis is a great resource, but even they don’t have everything.

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    I get so frustrated when I can’t find information on a building that someone should clearly have historified by now. I like the doors and I am a fan of Art Deco. Sometimes, the best you can do is put the picture out there , glorify the doors and tell your story – you did that, so you’re good.

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  5. loisajay says:

    Well, this is a shame. No one in town has ever written to the newspaper for a feature on this forgotten building? They should.

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  6. https://books.google.com/books?id=bg13QcMSsq8C&pg=PA645&lpg=PA645&dq=120+East+Vermont+Street+Indianapolis&source=bl&ots=aiNRMhQRpm&sig=mIoVYD61wV2Fw2vig6dh950Z4lI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiBi531rcPXAhVD_WMKHTApAz04ChDoAQhGMAY#v=onepage&q=120%20East%20Vermont%20Street%20Indianapolis&f=false

    Not that this is any different than what you found, but it does say that after the war in 1947, Appel passed it to his son and two years later they moved to 120 E Vermont, adding additional office space in 1973.
    What an intriguing find! I do like Art Deco. 🙂

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  7. What struck me…the home + possessions worth a whole $8,000. Wow. But of course, it was the 1950’s. My parents bought their first home in 1952 for $10,000. I’m sure it must have seemed like a mansion at the time. Their rental home had outdoor plumbing.

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  8. Ally Bean says:

    There’s something sad about buildings like this one, forlorn and forgotten. I hope you find more info on it when you least expect it. Someone somewhere must know its story.

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  9. JT Twissel says:

    I enjoy old newspapers as well – you never know what you’ll find.

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  10. jesh stg says:

    My eyes went first to the door handles, and thought how sturdy they looked. Then when I read your text that it was an insurance building, I smiled. Frustrating not to be able to find more info!

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  11. It looks a little tatty and unloved, doesn’t it?

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  12. So maybe I should stay away from embarking the Thursday Door Challenge, after all 🙂


  13. Nice set of doors, Joey, and thanks for the link to the old newspaper I enjoyed that read.

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  14. Luanne says:

    Doesn’t the city have records? I know. That’s a LOT of effort.

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  15. larva225 says:

    Looks bomb-shelterish!

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  16. Norm 2.0 says:

    There’s so little Art-Deco left around here that I would have been very excited to come across something like this. And I would have been equally disappointing to find so little online info about it 😦
    So frustrating isn’t it? Nice try though.

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  17. John Holton says:

    Hey, that’s when I was living there!

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