Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Special opportunity this Saturday!

Collectors, designers, rehabbers and fans of Art Deco architecture and Indianapolis automotive history will race to the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace this Saturday!

Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper announces a highlight sale to take place at the October 5th Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace.  Art and architectural elements from an important 1930s Art Deco mansion built by Louis Schwitzer, prominent businessman, engineer, philanthropist and decorated figure in Indianapolis Motor Sports history, will be on sale.  The home was designed by local architect Edwin Kopf, famous for designing the marquee of the Vogue Theatre. Schwitzer's own design and engineering abilities were on display in nearly every aspect of the massive home.

Louis Schwitzer was a legendary figure in the history of auto racing as well as automotive design and engineering.  In addition to winning the first automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he also pioneered advances that are the cornerstone components of automobiles today (6 cylinder engine, turbo-charger).  In honor of Schwitzer’s legacy, the Society of Professional Engineers presents an individual or group involved with the Indianapolis 500 with the annual Louis Schwitzer Award for Engineering Excellence.

Earlier this year the home was meticulously dismantled and important art installations, features and elements were salvaged for repurposing and museum display.  Most of these items will be offered for sale on October 5th at the last outdoor Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace. Fireplace mantels, aluminum door hardware, machine age lighting, designer plumbing fixtures, custom cabinetry, exotic limestone tiles, rare vitrolite panels, streamline railings, slab and panel doors, mirrored valances, chrome curtain rods, steel cased doors and windows, custom copper scuppers and guttering, and an amazing array of architectural design will be available for immediate sale.

The Schwitzer name created hundreds of comments on Facebook earlier this year when Indiana Landmarks posted information about the architectural salvage project.  Followers have been waiting for this opportunity to acquire rare elements from an historic local mansion.

In addition to the special Schwitzer event, join over 80 amazing vendors of everything vintage, antique, artisanal, re & up-cycled for a great day of shopping.  Enjoy food trucks, microbrews and the sounds of DJ Ryan Stroble in an event that has become the go-to source for adding unique items from the past to contemporary lifestyle.  The Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace is held at Glendale Town Centre- 62nd & Keystone- behind Lowes Home Improvement.  Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, please contact jonjindpls@aol.com. 

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