Blueprint for Improvement: Historic Indy fireplace wall



This 1957 home is in Indianapolis’ historic Crow’s Nest neighborhood. The new owners wanted to modernize several of the rooms while honoring the mid-century style of the home’s interior. This is the final installment of a three-part series.


  • In the living room, the expansive stone wall surrounding the fireplace was missing a major focal point – a mantel.  A custom, 16-foot poplar wood mantel was designed and installed to complete the room.
  • Avid art collectors, the homeowners wanted to create additional display space for their many treasures. Custom-built shelving in the breakfast nook creates the perfect backdrop.

Larry Greene is the owner of Case Design/Remodeling; email him at Visit for more remodeling inspiration and advice.


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