When coming across old pictures, I am sometimes challenged by trying to figure out when and where a building was located. It makes it 100 times more difficult when you're trying to locate a building that never existed. Such was this picture that I came across of the Cadick Theater.
Ambitious plans for the construction of a big theater at 3rd and Sycamore were hatched in 1920, and the following year construction began. However financial troubles halted the theater's construction before the walls were ever completed. The promoters were sued and the property went into receivership. Steel girders sat untouched for years save and rusted to that point that they were deemed a threat for pedestrians on the street. The steel was torn down but the property still sat idle.
In 1937 Greyhound bought the Cadick site to build a bus station. The blue building Art Moderne building that sits there today incorporated the rounded corner foundation of the theater. The bus station was completed in 1939 and only recently was abandoned. We are happy to say the site didn't sit idle quite as long. Indiana Landmarks, a preservation organization, is remodeling the old Greyhound Station for regional offices.
Cadick Theater @ HistoricEvansville.com - http://www.historicevansville.com/site.php?id=cadicktheater
Cadick Theater on tshughes.net - http://www.tshughes.com/film/movie_houses/downtown/cadick/cadick.htm