Architecture Tour in Indianapolis, Indianapolis

Indianapolis contains many unique constructions throughout the city that gives it an inimitable identity. Some of its best buildings are located along the diagonal avenues coming from Mile Square, according to the city plan of Alexander Ralston in 1821. Many of them are registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore Indianapolis’ architectural treasures in the following tour.
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Architecture Tour in Indianapolis Map

Guide Name: Architecture Tour in Indianapolis
Guide Location: USA » Indianapolis (See other walking tours in Indianapolis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: Sandra
Union Station

1) Union Station

The Indianapolis Union Station was the first union station in the world, opening on September 20, 1853, by the Indianapolis Union Railway within the Wholesale District of Indianapolis. The three-story Union Station is built of granite and brick, with a battered water table and massive brick arches characteristic of the Romanesque. It features an enormous rose window, slate roof, bartizans at section corners, and a soaring 185-foot clock tower. The 1888 station included a large street-level iron...   view more
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Indiana Repertory Theater

2) Indiana Repertory Theater

The Indiana Theatre was built as a movie palace and ballroom in 1927 and today is the home of the Indiana Repertory Theatre. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The building is six stories and is of concrete frame construction. The front of the building is sheathed in white terra cotta. The main feature of the facade is the curving triangular arch with churrigueresque framing that fills the central bay above the marquee. The original marquee is still in place....   view more
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Indiana State Library and Historical Building

3) Indiana State Library and Historical Building

The Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau is a public library building, it is the largest public library in the state of Indiana, housing over 60,000 manuscripts. Established in 1934, the library has gathered a large collection of books a vast variety of topics. In 1934, when the current building was opened, the public in large were allowed to use it.

The building is made of Indiana limestone, sandstone, and walnut. Interior features include brassaccents, fanciful murals,...   view more
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Test Building

4) Test Building

Located on Monument Circle, the Test Building is a splendid example of 1920’s architectural design. Its noble facade, designed in a neoclassical style, utilizes Indiana limestone. Originally a six-story construction, three more floors were added. The third level of this Indianapolis landmark is decorated with stone panels created by Alexander...   view more
Circle Tower

5) Circle Tower

Circle Tower, the tallest building on Monument Circle at 57.91 meters, was erected in 1930. An example of Art Deco architecture, with its ziggurat peak and sculptures, it is made of Indiana limestone. Its facade and entrances are decorated with Egyptian elements. Included on the National Register of Historic Places, it serves as an office...   view more
City Market

6) City Market

Construction of the City Market and the adjoining Tomlinson Hall was completed in 1886. D.A. Bohlen designed this arched structure in a mixture of German styles. Using brick and stone details, remnants of its original flanking towers and pilasters can be...   view more
Athenaeum Building

7) Athenaeum Building

The Athenæum, originally named Das Deutsche Haus (German:The German House), is the most ornate and best-preserved building affiliated with the German American community of Indianapolis. Once used as a German American turnverein and clubhouse, it currently houses many groups, organizations, and businesses. It was founded in 1897 as the, the Musikverein (Music Society) and included a 60-piece orchestra, a male choir, and a mixed choir. The Athenaeum Orchestra is now the oldest orchestra in...   view more
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Old National Centre

8) Old National Centre

The Old National Centre, founded in 1884 by Freemasons, is home of the Murat Theatre, the Egyptian Room and other attractions. Since 1909, this building has also served as the Freemason’s...   view more
Indianapolis Central Library

9) Indianapolis Central Library

The Indianapolis Central Library, adjacent to the World War Memorial Plaza, was designed by Paul P. Cret. Completed in 1917, it is regarded as a unique architecture. Bronze gates, Solemn Greek columns, extensive steps, limestone, Vermont marble and carved stone elements make up its stunning exterior. Its collection consists of over 2.1 million items in various...   view more
Indiana Freemasons' Hall

10) Indiana Freemasons' Hall

Indiana Freemasons' Hall, located in downtown Indianapolis, was built in 1909. This eight-story building covers 113,000 square feet, accommodating many lodges and related organizations, chapter rooms, an auditorium, ballrooms and others. Designed by Rubush & Hunter Architects, who are responsible for many other outstanding Indianapolis landmarks, this Greco-Roman Neoclassical low-rise is made of Indiana...   view more
Madame Walker Theatre

11) Madame Walker Theatre

The historic Madame C.J. Walker Building, which houses the Madame Walker Theatre Center, has long symbolized the spirit of creativity and community pride in the City of Indianapolis. Named after America’s first self-made female millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker, the site represents the achievements, art forms, culture and history of African American people. As Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991.

Walker began the development of the...   view more
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Walking Tours in Indianapolis, Indiana

Create Your Own Walk in Indianapolis

Create Your Own Walk in Indianapolis

Creating your own self-guided walk in Indianapolis is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Broad Ripple Art Trail, Indianapolis

Broad Ripple Art Trail, Indianapolis

Broad Ripple Village, in the north downtown district, is Indianapolis' center of the arts. Fine art lovers will be delighted by the array of crafts, antique furniture and collectible pieces found here. The following tour highlights some of Indianapolis’ best art venues.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Art Galleries Tour in Indianapolis

Art Galleries Tour in Indianapolis

Indianapolis is a happy hunting ground for art enthusiasts, featuring cultural establishments exhibiting contemporary and traditional art objects, photography and other types of visual art. Take the following tour to discover Indianapolis’ best art galleries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Nightlife in Downtown Indianapolis

Nightlife in Downtown Indianapolis

Indianapolis is a great place to party, offering a blend of trendiness and traditionalism in its variety of downtown lounges and cultural scenes. Featuring theaters, pubs, comedy clubs, bars, restaurants and other locales, take the following tour to discover Indianapolis’ hottest nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Indianapolis’ rich history is reflected in its multiple landmarks. Monument Circle, a traffic circle in the center of Indianapolis, contains the famous Soldiers & Sailors Monument, and a concentration of the city’s tallest buildings surrounding it. Take the following tour to discover Indianapolis’ best landmarks.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
White River State Park Tour in Indianapolis

White River State Park Tour in Indianapolis

White River State Park, spread across 250 acres, houses the Indianapolis Zoo and and White River Gardens, theater and concert venues, museums, bridges, abundant green spaces, waterways and many other amazing attractions. Follow this tour to discover Indianapolis’ White River State Park.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour

Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour

Indianapolis contains an extensive variety of churches which have influenced the social geography of the city. The following tour will guide visitors to the city’s oldest and most significant religious architecture.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km