This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.
Friday, December 11, 2009
A bit west of I-65 on Bunkum Ave is a street that seems out of place. Pancoast Avenue is a short street, only a few hundred feet long, but it looks like a street that belongs in Rensselaer, not out in the middle of the country. (Yes, the Interstate is close, so close that its noise is quite noticeable, but to get the nearest exit is a three mile drive. So it is out in the middle of the country.)
Going to the end and looking north, you can see three nice looking dwellings on the east side of the street.
On the west side of the street there are three other houses (one may be a duplex) and an apartment building with three units that stands out.
Here is a closer look. This building would look a bit unusual even in Rensselaer. It looks like it belongs in a big city. There are a lot of apartment buildings like this in Chicago.
They are the Meadow Lane Apartments built in 1968, about the time that Interstate 65 was being built. However, the street is not called Meadow Lane, it is called Pancoast Avenue and appears on some maps as 925W. Why did someone build a three unit apartment here?
There is even at least one business in the little subdivision, which a map calls South Meadows subdivision.