Today's historic images, likely taken around 1985, show Chaille's Shoes towards to the end of its life span in Irvington. Next door, you can see the A La Cheri Beauty Salon and the McCleish Dance Studio (click on the link below to more about this business). A photo, likely taken around 1960, also shows the interior of the shop.
|Robert Phelps, the son-in-law of Howard Chaille, took over the family business and ran it during the second half of the twentieth century. The man in this photo has been identified as Louie Saba, a skilled cobbler for Mr. Phelps.|
|East Washington Street shops circa 1985|
|East Washington Street shops on June 26, 2012|
The contemporary image reveals that the present generation is busy improving East Washington Street. The facades of the shops are now protected by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission and the corridor is being transformed into more of a destination with new street lights, park benches, brick walkways and more. Chaille's Shoes is the home of Edward Jones Investment Group in 2012. Next door you can see two other thriving businesses: Geneva Hair Studio and Homespun. A future photo will be posted to document the transformation of the street that is ongoing as I type this post.
The historic images are courtesy of Kent Hankins.