Decoding Downtown Indy Tour

Discover how understanding architectural styles and details can help you decode hidden history in historic buildings.

July 9 & August 13, 2022

Tours run at 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – Noon and depart from the fountain at Hudnut Commons, 50 S. Capitol, Indianapolis

Ever wonder about the story behind a building’s architectural features, or the reasoning behind street names? Join guides from Indiana Landmarks to decode the hidden history in downtown Indianapolis. As guests tour the city streets and enjoy a locally made snack, guides will introduce some of the stories hidden in architecture and public landmarks.

These one-hour tours explore architectural styles and what they reveal about the development of downtown Indianapolis. Participants will leave with skills necessary to begin decoding buildings in cities across the country, analyzing their architectural styles and details for better understanding of local history.

This one-mile walking tour takes place outside. Tours run rain or shine, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Tours depart from the fountain in Hudnut Commons to the south of the Simon Building, 50 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis.


Tickets cost $18/adult, $15/Indiana Landmarks members, $12/youth (18 & under), and are free to children age 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased using the form below, online at, or by calling 317-639-4534.

All tickets include a locally made snack. Tourgoers may wish to purchase a coffee or other beverage from Café Patachou or Starbucks in the nearby Simon building to enjoy during the tour.

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