Monday, November 23, 2009

Can't Fight City Hall

...But you can vacate it ;) I have decided to post an Indianapolis Historic Structure oriented post every day this week. The old City Hall building(built 1910) is today's feature; it has been at one time, a location for the Indiana State Museum and the Indianapolis/Marion County Central Library.

The front...






The back...

9 comments:

jimgrey said...

One of my favorite places Downtown!

Rebecca said...

Great detail in the first two shots! The lighting is just perfect to bring it out.

Downtown Indy said...

A triva question for you:

Where did the eagles-on-globes come from? They are not original to the City Hall building.

(HINT: They originally were atop another much-photographed and now-gone city structure.)

mheidelberger said...

I can't say for I know for sure, but was it the old Marion County Courthouse?

Downtown Indy said...

Nope. Anyone else?

I will post photo links with the answer in a day or so if no one gets it before then.

Next clue: "Market Street"

AmericanDirt said...

For some reason, those eagles on globes just scream Works Progress Administration to me.

Kevin said...

Tomlinson Hall? Stabbing in the dark here.

Downtown Indy said...

OK, enough drama and suspense...

Back when we had respectable public transportation, there was the 'traction barn' - located on West Market Street and occupying most of the north side of the block.

High Speed Interurban Trolleys

"Opened in 1904, the great "Traction Terminal" in Indianapolis, Indiana, grew to become the largest interurban railway terminal in the world. In its heyday, this terminal hosted some 7 million passengers a year, and 500 interurban trains a day, from all over the state of Indiana, and as far away as, Louisville, Kentucky. "

The view from street level

Those eagles were perched on the SW and SE corners of the arched roof.

An interesting point of comparison, Indianapolis International Airport attained 7 million annual passengers for the first time in 1997.

airport-technology.com

Anonymous said...

That picture of the eagles at the traction terminal is very cool. Before the traction terminal was built there it was the location of a domed building called the Cyclorama building. It housed the cyclorama that is now in Atlanta Georgia