Truly a rare living opportunity in downtown Indianapolis, Harding Street Lofts, offers unique, historic, loft-style apartments available for rent.
The complex is comprised of four buildings constructed in two phases; the eastern half between 1894 and 1898 and the western in 1899. It was built for the H. Lauter Company, and Indianapolis-based furniture producer. Henry Lauter was born in Germany and trained as a glass maker before moving to New York City in 1865. It was in New York that he would begin creating furniture. Upon moving to Indianapolis in 1876, Henry owned a number of furniture companies in the downtown area before he purchased the parcel of land at Washington & Harding Streets. Although Henry Lauter died in 1907, his family continued to operate the business until the mid-1930’s when it succumbed to the economic conditions of the Great Depression. As its height the H. Lauter Company employed four hundred people and shipped its products worldwide.
The bank foreclosed on the property in 1937 and it was at that time that the property was parceled and sold to two separate owners. The North Factory and Office Building (currently Lauter Lofts Condominiums) were occupied by Regal Stores, functioning as a grocery warehouse distribution center until 1975. After Regal vacated the property, there were several short-term occupants, however, the building remained untouched until the condo conversion in 2004.
The South Factory was purchased by Jacob Solotken, a Russian immigrant who, at 15 years old left his parents behind to follow an older brother to the Indianapolis area. He began recycling paper, cardboard, metals, even rags. Solotken occupied the South Factory and grounds entirely until 2010 when the company purchased a more modern facility on English Avenue in Indianapolis. The company is still family owned and operated.
In 2011, the “U” shaped 4-story building was purchased by Core Redevelopment to be repurposed into unique loft style living spaces. Innovative design entailed the removal of the roof from two, one-story building to create enclosed courtyards for tenant use. Character defining features were retained and restored, including element that illustrate the building evolution.
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