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Barton Tower, Indianapolis (Photo: Vess Ruhtenberg)
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Wonder where the modern architecture is in Indianapolis? Come see what a few Indiana Modern folks think is the best in downtown Indianapolis on a walking and bike tour on Saturday, October 20 at 2 p.m.
The Tour begins on the southeast quadrant of Monument Circle, starting with a discussion of the c.1970 landscape installation on the Circle. Next up is American Fletcher National Bank (now Chase), also on the Circle, designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill. From there proceed to the 1962 City-County Building, which replaced the historic county courthouse and came to symbolize the unification of city and county governments. North from there to the Minton-Capehart Federal Building, complete with a recently restored Milton Glaser mural. The Brutalist landmark is often disparaged, but has interesting design features. Around the corner, the James Whitcomb Riley Center (a residential complex now known as Riley Towers) was completed in 1963. It was designed by the well-known Chicago firm of Perkins + Will. The two 30-story Crown Towers remain the tallest residential buildings in the state. Finally, make your way to Massachusetts Avenue to learn about Barton Tower. It was designed by Evans Woollen and Associates, and completed in 1968. While some feel it is out of context with the pedestrian scale of the Avenue, it is a product of its own time, reflecting shifting social attitudes towards providing public housing for low-to-moderate income residents. Like the Federal Building, it is another example of the Brutalist style of architecture. Afterwards, enjoy drinks or dinner with friends downtown!
Download a map of the tour sites.
Free. Sponsored by the Indiana Modern Committee of Indiana Landmarks. For more information, visit the event Facebook page or contact Connie Zeigler, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mark Dollase, email@example.com.
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