Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Old Madison

A small little stretch of Old Madison Avenue, just north of Raymond Street is just about all that remains of the original section of Madison Avenue from its pre-expressway days...




6 comments:

jimgrey said...

Very nice. I've got to get up there and see that myself one day.

Madison Ave. is part of an early (1820s) state highway that leads to, unsurprisingly, Madison, IN. Its path basically follows US 31's original path to SR 7, and then SR 7 to Madison.

More info: http://www.keywestshrimphouse.com/Templates/The%20Madison%20Road.htm

Rebecca said...

I love the vignetting on the 2nd and 3rd shots. The 2nd especially has a great old-fashioned feel.

mheidelberger said...

Thanks guys!

jimgrey, I think that Madison Avenue was SR-431 and ran along US-31 through the south side of Indianapolis back in the day as well.

Rebecca, whats interesting about this area is that it is essentially a time capsule. Aside for some wear and tear, it probably looks the same as it did in the 1960's.

Downtown Indy said...

Is the vignetting a post-processing thing you do or the lens? It adds an 'old timey' feel that complements the sepia tone regardless.

mheidelberger said...

The vignetting was done post processing. I've experimented in achieveing the same effect with the lens with aperature settings and the like and typically minimize the work I do post processing, but its so quick and easy to do in Photoshop.

Downtown Indy said...

The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis

Excerpted by Google Books. Would be nice to have a copy. Not a lot of photos, but some. A good pic of the old courthouse with the current CCB behind it.

I am amazed I've NEVER seen a photo of Madison pre-expressway. Always wanted to know what it looked like before/during construction.