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Griffith Block (Commercial Building), 36-38 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN



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B&W Photos

HB469274
BWPhotos 335073

HB469275
BWPhotos 335074

HB469276
BWPhotos 335075

HB469277
BWPhotos 335076

HB469278
BWPhotos 335077

HB469279
BWPhotos 335078

HB469280
BWPhotos 335079

HB469281
BWPhotos 335080

HB469282
BWPhotos 335081

HB469283
BWPhotos 335082

HB469284
BWPhotos 335083

HB469285
BWPhotos 335084

HB469286
BWPhotos 335085

HB469287
BWPhotos 335086


Item Title
BWPhotos 335086

Location
36-38 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS IN-214
Significance: Built in 1872 by the heirs of Humphrey Griffith, a leading pioneer businessman, the Griffith Block has housed a variety of retail establishments during its long history. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the editorial offices of the "Indianapolis News" were located in the block. The third and fourth floors contained lodge meeting rooms, used by several fraternal orders and labor unions. Architecturally, the Griffith Block is one of a few surviving examples in the city of a facade designed in the "Venetian Commercial Italianate" style, popular in Indianapolis during the 1870s. It is one of the very few surviving nineteenth century buildings with a limestone facade .

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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