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LLoydGeorge said:
On www.helloindianapolis.com, there's a link to history and then a further link to photos of old buildings.

Can any Hoosiers tell me which, if any, of these buildings still stand?

They're magnificent.
Some of those magnificient old buildings were torn down, but a few remain.

Here is a list of some of those which are still standing:

(1) President Benjamin Harrison's House (it is now a National Historic Landmark).

(2) Indiana State House

(3) Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Court (completed 1905). However, I believe the picture shown on the website is of the original Federal Building and Post Office which was constructed in 1860 (with an addition completed in 1874). The Old Federal Building was sold and converted in a bank building after the new federal building opened in 1905, the Old Federal Building was demolished in 1963.

(4) Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

(5) Union Station

(6) James Whitcomb Riley House (another National Historic Landmark)
 

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Thanks for the info.

Are the following gone?

The Park Theatre
Imperial Hotel
Indiana Nat'l Bank
Tomlinson Hall
Marion Cty Court House

It's a shame if they are. Nonetheless, Indianapolis has a lot of nice old buildings for a city its size. In fact, it has a much greater percentage than Chicago. But for a few tall buildings, Indy looks like a mini-DC.
 

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LLoydGeorge said:
Thanks for the info.

Are the following gone?

The Park Theatre
Imperial Hotel
Indiana Nat'l Bank
Tomlinson Hall
Marion Cty Court House

It's a shame if they are. Nonetheless, Indianapolis has a lot of nice old buildings for a city its size. In fact, it has a much greater percentage than Chicago. But for a few tall buildings, Indy looks like a mini-DC.
Yes, all the above buildings were demolished. The Marion Couny Court House was one of the greatest losses. It was demolished in 1963 after the completion of the very ugly high-rise City-County Building in 1962.
 

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A lot of historic buildings in the downtown were replaced for horrible buildings, CCB for example. Its about time for a new CCB.
The City Market is one of my favorite old buildings downtown. Its like 120, 130 years old.
 

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LLoydGeorge said:
Can you guys post photos of the old buildings (other than the Statehouse) that survived?
Go to www.emporis.com and look up Indianapolis and then look at both the high-rise and low-rise sections. You will find many pictures of historic buildings that are still standing. The site states whether the building is still standing or demolished. Some examples are the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the Antheneum, the Central Library, the Walker Theatre, the Circle Tower, etc.

Also, you should checkout the site for Historic Landmarks of Indiana at www.historiclandmarks.org. Another nice site is www. preserveindiana.com.

Finally, the Indiana Historical Society (a separate non-profit organization from Historic Landmarks) keeps a digital photo archive at images.indianahistory.org. However, you may not be able to tell if the buildings shown in the photos have been demolished or not.

The www.emporis.com site would probably best meet your needs.
 

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Okay since I can't put the photos here, I'll just put up the links.

I went to the Indiana Historical Society website and found these. All are still standing.

The Blacherne Apartments. The first multi-story apartment building in Indianapolis, built by the hoosier author Lew Wallace with the proceeds from his book Ben Hur. It is currently undergoing renovation.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cd...TEXT=&DMTHUMB=1&REC=17&DMROTATE=0&x=339&y=298

The Christ Church cathedral and Columbia Club, both still standing. The club is where all of the rich Republican movers and shakers in the community discuss their plans for world domination.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=718&REC=17

The City Trust Building.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=782&REC=12

The Continental Bank Building on the circle, now known as the Test Building.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=793&REC=9

The Continental Hotel, now condos.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=924&REC=10

The Merchants Bank Building, now known as the Barnes and Thornburg Building. The building on the left on the other side of the building with the white facade is the Thomas Building which burned down in the massive Grant Fire of 1973.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=589&REC=3

The Fletcher Trust Building, now a Hilton Garden Inn.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=1292&REC=12

The Guaranty Building on the circle home to the new headquarters of ExactTarget, and the lower floor houses the South Bend Chocolate Company shop and cafe - a place that I spend way too much time visiting.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=1303&REC=18

The Hotel Washington, now known as the Symphony Centre since the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra owns it and uses it for offices and storage. The upper few floors were destroyed in the Grant Fire of 1973 and were renovated without alteration of the design.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=911&REC=19

The Hotel Severin, now the Omni Severin.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=785&REC=18

The Indiana Statehouse. The beautiful dome didn't look too nice back in the days before the EPA. I guess it was kind of hard to keep it clean.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=572&REC=17

The Chamber of Commerce Building and the Indianapolis Athletic Club, both still standing just as shown in the photo. The IAC was where the rich Democratic movers and shakers would meet to plan their domination of the world. The IAC is currently finishing up a remodel into condos. Contrary to the title of the photo, the IAC is on the right.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=787&REC=18

The LS Ayres department store. The front part in the photo is currently the Parisian department store in the Circle Centre mall, and the back part of the Ayres building in the photo - with the water tower on top - is office space.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=714&REC=18

The Majestic Building. I don't think that the corner balconies are still there, but other than that, she still looks the same.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=488&REC=17

The Marott Apartments. They're a couple of miles north of downtown in uptown.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=1278&REC=19

Of course, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=592&REC=13

The Odd Fellows Building, now an office building known as One North Pennsylvania that houses the international headquarters of Alpha Tau Omega.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=752&REC=13

The Peoples Bank Building. Reclad with a new facade in the seventies, and as you can probably guess those seventies architects butt-uglied this baby.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=293&REC=2

One of the Real Silk Hosiery factory buildings on the northeast edge of downtown. All of the Real Silk buildings have been, or are currently, being converted into lofts - along with every other warehouse or factory near downtown.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=794&REC=2

The Rink Apartments. I only include this building because it is next door to the previously mentioned Blacherne Apartments and is also undergoing much needed renovation.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=519&REC=18

And thanks to GM these are gone forever.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=584&REC=7

The venerable Union Station. First of it's kind.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=1337&REC=15

The Van Camp headquarters and packing building. You know, the pork 'n beans people.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=690&REC=6

See the building with the Dusseldorfer Beer sign on top? Everything to the left of that is gone, but everything to it's right is still standing. I love good old Washington Street.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=611&REC=14

William H. Block department store. Now condos.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=446&REC=13

And last, but not least, the War Memorial.

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/P0130&CISOPTR=670&REC=13

I included a few of the old multi-story apartment buildings here, but quite frankly IHS has too many photos of too many six to fifteen floor apartment buildings for me to put all of their links here. That is the one thing that Indy has in abundance. The residents of Indianapolis in the late 19th and early 20th centuries didn't do much living in row houses but they sure didn't mind those apartment buildings, and I guess they still like them since most haven't been torn down.
 
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