Brent Aldrich has installed a table that bisects the first floor of the house, beginning on the front porch, traveling through interior rooms, and continuing outside through the back wall. The table links private activity inside the home with public space of the outdoors and serve as a site for interactive arts projects and conversation. The table is a new fixture at 818 Tacoma, but its origin story has roots in the Near Eastside.

“It’s a [replica of a] table my great-grandfather built; the construction is simple and the materials are humble. My grandma passed it along to me. This is the same grandma who moved with my grandpa to Indianapolis, and settled on the Near Eastside in the 40s,” says Aldrich.