This building's odd name is taken from its original owners, Robert L. and Eugenia B. McOuat, whose ancestors were Indianapolis pioneers. Its central location enticed many tenants, including Badger Furniture Co. and the Columbia National Bank as the original occupants. Columbia became National City Bank in 1912 and remained at the McOuat until 1921. The Lyman brothers, dealers in art, picture frames, moldings, art supplies, etc. came later, leasing the building for 20 years until their vacation in 1981. The building was rehabilitated in 2010.
The McOuat building is a seven-story brick commerce building with steel beams supporting the floors. The facade is virtually all glass, as each story has a ribbon of glass separated by thin mullions resting on molded cast-iron spandrels that run uninterrupted from one building end to the other. The top floor fenestration differs from the pattern below as it is divided into eight double-hung sash windows. The entablature is stamped sheet-metal with a pair of consoles at each end supporting the molded cornice. In the otherwise plain frieze is a tablet with plain letters reading "McOuat". The original storefront was divided into three bays by two square, fluted columns and two pilasters with a colored terrazzo entryway.
||14 East Washington Street
||14-16 E. Washington St.
1914-54 I:38; Bass Photo #295560F 1950's; Polk City Directories;
Marion Co. Recorders Office; Hymans Handbook,