Monday, October 26, 2009

Meridian and McCarty

Shapiro's is located on the southwest corner of the intersection...

On the Southeast corner of the intersection...

On the Northwest side of the intersection, the building says Gill Saw Service...




Taking a peek inside, and the condition is worse than the outside... This is definitely worth a view in large.





Shapiro's is a long time Indianapolis icon, and quite a tasty one at that...

7 comments:

jimgrey said...

Gill Saw Service looks like an old gas station.

Rebecca said...

Great textures in the final three shots. Amazing there can be such beauty in disrepair.

mheidelberger said...

It very well could have been at one time; this building looks to have been around for a long time.

P.J. said...

I think there is a newer Gill saw shop over on the north side Troy Ave., between Shelby Ave. and Carson Ave.

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P.J.

Anne said...

I've always been intrigued by the Gill Saw building and thought it would make a cool coffee house or something like that. But from the looks of the horrible conditions inside, it sadly will probably never become anything new.

cdc guy said...

There are similar old service station buildings around town, featuring Bedford Stone fronts and high peaked gables.

Two I'm familiar with are just north of 49th & College (to be demolished for the redevelopment there) and at 38th & Central. The one at 38th still has its distinctive blue tile roof. I believe they were "Pure Oil" brand stations.

AmericanDirt said...

Gill Saw Service was still operational in that facility as recently as the late 1990s, even though the exterior looked pretty much the same then as it did today. I know some retailers really don't need an impressive facade to lure business, but Gill was amazing--it looked abandoned even when it was fully operational.