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Indianapolis, Indiana

Monday, October 21, 2013

Knightstown Architecture – Houses – Page 1

I have always loved old houses and enjoyed touring and living in them, when I have the chance. Since we have owned the Horner House my love and appreciation of architecture has grown significantly. It started with looking at the details of fireplace tiles and trying to pinpoint the age and moved on baseboards, crown moldings, and all other manner of fine detail that you see in old buildings. So on some of the days (Mondays and Wednesdays) that we are not posting about the Horner House we will have posts that show some of the more interesting buildings and their details in what will be mostly a picture blog.

Before we begin I would like to state a couple of things. First, please feel free to link to us as much as you want. If you would like to use the pictures for any other purpose, please contact us to ask permission first. The vast majority of these pictures are ours, some are from friends or family and we wish to respect everyone’s right. And on the topic of respect, I would like to say one thing. No picture shown or comment made is meant to disrespect any of the subjects of our photos, their owners, or those that love them. Sometimes buildings will be in some state of disrepair or a lawn might need to be mowed. Considering how our own property looks from we will not be throwing any stones from our own, very delicate, glass house. It is very important to us that this blog is used as a celebration of architecture and not a wrecking ball of someone else’s style and taste. And lastly, we will mostly start with Knightstown and then move on to other areas that are within an easy drive of Indianapolis, but occasionally there might be a something truly random that will pop up. So, without further ado, here begins our journey through Knightstown, Indiana:


This beauty sits on a corner and was designed specifically to do so. The front door faces the corner rather than either street. It has been painted in the past as can be seen by the red paint on the stone window sills and the green paint near the front door. Another point of interest is the change to siding on the far back side of the house.


This is another very special addition to this house. The wrought iron is in a unique pattern and the supports are similar to the corbels, but not exactly the same.This also shows an interesting red and green paint pattern.


In this picture you can see a bit of gingerbread over the window. It doesn't jump out at you due to the paint color, but is still a nice addition.


The corbels are not the fanciest that I have seen, but they go nicely with the understated lines of the rest of the house. In the above picture you can see where the carved vine pattern is painted a different color than the the first photo. 


It's always hard to tell if a window is original or a replacement without getting a close look. In this case, I think that they were originally arched at the top.


Stained glass is always a great addition to any house. There are four of these windows that are identical and most likely original. 


This view is very surprisingly diferrent than from  from the street. With the front door facing the corner, more of the plain sides of the house are visible. In this case it is the elevation differences that really create the interest. 


Would this be a cupola? It's very cool and a great addition, no matter what it is called. 

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