Fargo-sized, at least by my estiation of these things. Sixty-plus thou, which is a perfect size for a town - big enough for intra-city rivalries and old buildings o substance downtown.
Indiana has some old towns, and this is one; dates back to 181. Midwestern, but of the easterly variety.
Any doubt what this is?
The courthouse AND the jail; one stop shopping. Second Empire style. But what’s next door?
It’s the historical museum now, but don’t you suspect it was once an important civic building in its own right? You’re right : the old Sheriff’s resident.
All the fashion once. Addams-Family cliche today.
Courthouse Square is the area around, well, you know. It’s historic, but some buildings have been touched, shall we say, by the rude hand of modern tastes:
Who built it?
From their website:
Nearby railroad traffic, eh?
Let’s go back to street level, and see if there are any signs of a station - whoa.
You know a form of transportation has fallen out of the public imagination when people cross the trakcs without looking or caring.
Well, that’s . . . an interesting way to do it.
What are the K of P?
The Knights! The Knights who say Pythias!
This might be one of the most mystifying small town Main Street buildings I’ve ever seen.
The bricked-up windows look as if they’ve always been bricked up. If they weren’t, that was one hell of an expanse of glass.
Leonard had every reason to be proud.
It’s a solid thing, with those little touches on top to provide a bit of . . . whimsy? No. Grace? No. Delicacy? Perhaps.
I love these. If humankind was wiped out by a plague, and a few decades later aliens landed, they might conclude that this was the Roman Embassy.
That presumes a lot of anthropomorphic assumptions about aliens and what they would figure out. Anyway, I think the reason I went to Noblesville in the first place was a plate I found in an old architectural mag.
A great place to wear a fez and send a confused time-traveling girl back to the future, if you ask me.
If you got that reference, feel free to preen in the comments. ;)