The McOuat building

Down the Road

The McOuat (Mi-COO-it) building was a blight. Few buildings in downtown Indianapolis looked this bad.

Blighted, not blighted

But a renovation completed in 2010 brought this 1901 building back to life. It’s now stores and apartments.


This building stands on Washington Street and is on both the National and Michigan Roads. I took the first photo above when I toured the Michigan Road in 2008. Much of this block was blighted then. But in the years that followed, Washington Street resurged. Buildings were renovated, businesses moved in — and now it’s a destination again.

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