A former entry on Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered list, the South Side Turnverein is back in use after a top-to-bottom renovation, and will be featured during Indiana Landmarks’ latest Landmark Look tour on March 2.
The imposing red brick building, which was erected in 1900 as a German social club and gym, today sits in the shadow of Eli Lilly and Company’s headquarters and can be seen from I-70.
After many years in disrepair, the building was renovated and last fall reopened as headquarters for Point Comfort Underwriters, a medical claims management organization and international travel insurance company. The restoration included removing added walls and dropped ceilings to reveal original features. Outside, conservators recreated a crumbling stucco sculpture—designed originally by Austrian Rudolf Schwarz, who created the limestone sculptural groups for the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. They used remnants and historic photographs to replicate the sculpture in fiberglass—much lighter than the original to the historic brick wall. The owner plans to display fragments of the original as artwork inside the building.
Photos and details of the restoration can be found here.
WHAT: Landmark Look tour at the South Side Turnverein
WHEN: March 2, 3-5 p.m.
WHERE: 306 Prospect St., Indianapolis
COST: $10 per person; free for Indiana Landmarks members
TICKETS: https://turnvereinlook.eventbrite.com or call 317-639-4534
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MEDIA CONTACT: Mindi Woolman, Communications Manager, Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534, firstname.lastname@example.org
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