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TTK: Buildings, Lost and Reborn

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TTKs are Sky Blue Window's 'Things to Know,' events, ideas and cultural creations that we think are worthy of your time and attention.

In his classic novel of utopia-gone-wrong, George Orwell wrote that "the most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."

Two very different First Friday events will fight that destruction, with a focus on Indianapolis architecture and Midwestern artifacts. One is a reborn building stocked with found treasures. The other documents the buildings torn down or blandly obstructed by new facades.

Ruskaup Store - THE INDIANA ALBUM
  • The Indiana Album
  • Ruskaup Store

After closing up his pop-up shop on Massachusetts Avenue, The Inventorialist's Kristofer Bowman spent a few months adding to his collection of old-timey treasures and new, but instantly classic, hand-made designs. The small break from shopkeeping, studded with a handful of large vintage shows throughout the Midwest, will be broken tonight as he opens up a new pop-up in a long-dormant storefront in Cottage Home.

His new pop-up occupies the Ruskaup Store on Dorman Street. In its time, the brick building housed a grocery, a tavern, a candy shop, a pool hall and then - for essentially the last half century - not much at all.

Ayres Building
  • Ayres Building

While Bowman has been shopping, Butler Honors students have been learning to love the concrete structures and geometric lines of modernism. In a 200-level class taught by local designer and musician Vess von Ruhtenberg and Indiana Humanities' Brandon Judkins, students have compiled historic images and information about local modernist buildings that have been demolished or "remuddled" to the point of abstraction.

The results of their research will be featured in "Indiana Modern: Lost & Destroyed" at Well Done Marketing in the Murphy Building. The exhibit is sponsored by Blackline Studio, which made it possible for the historic images to be printed for display.

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