Landmark Look: South Side Turnverein

Built in 1900, this formerly endangered landmark designed by Vonnegut & Bohn, served Indianapolis’s German-American community until 1977.

A former 10 Most Endangered entry, Indianapolis's South Side Turnverein reopened in November, adapted by Point Comfort Underwriters as its headquarters. (Photo: Evan Hale)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

3 to 5 p.m.
306 Prospect Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Indiana Landmarks’ Landmark Look series offers a peek at historically significant and intriguing properties throughout Indiana. On March 2, we invite members and visitors to see Indianapolis’s South Side Turnverein, recently renovated as headquarters for Point Comfort Underwriters.

At the turn of the twentieth century, members of Indianapolis’s German-American community hired architects Vonnegut & Bohn to create a clubhouse where they could practice the “sound bodies and sound mind” principles of Friedrich Jahn, who believed physical exercise and cultural activities led to a healthy life. Threatened by neglect in recent years, the property landed on Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered list.

Point Comfort Underwriters undertook a comprehensive rehabilitation of the building, removing added walls and dropped ceilings to reveal original features. The project utilized the federal Historic Tax Credit at Indiana Landmarks’ recommendation. See the top-to-bottom transformation of the building, including the former gymnasium, adaptively reused as office space. Learn more about the transformation.

The Landmark Look is $10 per person (free for members of Indiana Landmarks). Advance registration required. Register or purchase tickets by February 28 using the form below, directly on Eventbrite at https://turnvereinlook.eventbrite.com, or by calling 317-639-4534.


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