“Indiana War Memorial: Behind the Scaffolding” Talk

Preservation experts explain recent challenges of preserving this Indianapolis icon and how a daredevil team scaled the memorial’s ziggurated top to find the source of leaks damaging interior plaster and murals.

Top of Indiana War Memorial credit Wiss Janney Elstner Associates
Indiana War Memorial, Indianapolis (Photo courtesy of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates)

Thursday, March 7, 2019
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Indiana Landmarks Center
1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202

In downtown Indianapolis, it’s hard to miss the Indiana War Memorial, a temple-like limestone monument rising several stories above street level. Dedicated in 1933 to honor Hoosier veterans of World War I, it’s an architectural showstopper. But it’s been shrouded in scaffolding since late last summer as crews implement much needed repairs.

On March 7, Indiana Landmarks’ free “Indiana War Memorial: Behind the Scaffolding” illustrated talk tells the tale of the professional daredevil crew (known in the business as a Difficult Access Team) that scaled the memorial’s ziggurated top to find the source of leaks damaging interior plaster and murals. Hear from Logan Cook, professional engineer with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, and Martin Bazula, project manager with STRUCTURAL, as they explain the challenges faced in preserving this Indianapolis icon.

Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a cash bar and light refreshments before the talk begins at 6 p.m., followed by a Q&A session from 6:45-7 p.m.

The talk allows you to examine the complex project from the safety of a chair in Cook Theater. For an up-close-and-personal view, join Indiana Landmarks’ tour of the Indiana War Memorial on March 9, an excursion that takes visitors to the catwalk above the awe-inspiring Shrine Room.

Indiana War Memorial - Photo by Evan Hale

Indiana War Memorial under restoration in December 2018. (Photo by Evan Hale)

The illustrated talk is presented with support by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates and STRUCTURAL. Indiana Landmarks Center is accessible to all, and free parking is available in the lot north of the building and on surrounding streets.

The event is free with your RSVP. Register by March 4 using the form below, directly on Eventbrite at https://scaffoldingtalk.eventbrite.com or by calling 317-639-4534.

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