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Indianapolis City Hall, 202 North Alabama, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN



B&W Photos

HB465623
East (alabama St.) Elevation

HB465624
Detail,east Entrance

HB465625
South (ohio) Elevation

HB465626
North Elevation

HB465627
Interior,vestibule Looking North

HB465628
Interior,mural By Wm F

HB465629
Interior, Stained Glass Skylight Above Rotunda

HB465630
Interior,floor Of Rotunda,seen From Third Floor


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Item Title


Location
202 North Alabama, Indianapolis, IN

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS IN-156
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-45).
Building/structure dates: 1910 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1966 subsequent work
Significance: At the time of its construction, City Hall symbolized the "coming of age" of Indianapolis as a major Midwestern metropolis. Before its construction, city government had been homeless, leasing offices in a multitude of private buildings. At last, after 60 years of existence, municipal government occupied a suitably monumental edifice worthy of civic pride. ... The City Hall is a fine example of the Neoclassical Revival style of architecture, which was the most popular style for civic buildings in the United States from about 1900 to the First World War. Design motifs were selected from both the Greek and Roman orders of architecture to create a unique composition. The lavishness of the materials of the building - an exterior predominately of Bedford limestone and an interior enriched by marble flooring and wall paneling, mahogany woodwork, and a stained glass, domes skylight - is representative of the Neoclassical's emphasis upon quality materials, which has seldom been equaled in periods of architecture that have followed. The use of the renowned Indiana limestone for the city hall of the state's capital city was a most appropriate choice of materials to express civic pride.

Related Names
Rubush, Preston C.
Hunter, Edgar O.
Westlake Construction Company
James Associates


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. East (Alabama St.) elevation
2. Detail,east entrance
3. South (Ohio) elevation
4. North elevation
5. Interior,vestibule looking north
6. Interior,mural by Wm F. Behrens,rotunda
7. Interior, stained glass skylight above rotunda
8. Interior,floor of rotunda,seen from third floor


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