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Fountain Square Tour (Self Guided), Indianapolis

The Fountain Square district is a more than century-old mercantile and cultural center. It is famous for its fine art galleries, significant antique trading, unique restaurants, live entertainment and multiple retailers. Remarkable constructions such as the Town Square Fountain, churches, Fountain Square Theatre Building and other landmarks can be found here. Take the following tour to discover the treasures of Fountain Square.
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Fountain Square Tour Map

Guide Name: Fountain Square Tour
Guide Location: USA » Indianapolis (See other walking tours in Indianapolis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: Sandra
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Emmaus Lutheran Church & School
  • Fountain Square Theatre Building
  • Lady Spray Fountain
  • Fountain Square Block
  • The Murphy Building
  • St. Patrick's Church
  • Peppy's Grill
Emmaus Lutheran Church & School

1) Emmaus Lutheran Church & School

The Emmaus Lutheran Church, located on Laurel Street in Fountain Square, at over a century old is a dignified structure built by the city’s first German settlers. It has been a head religious establishment serving the Fountain Square community. Adjoining the church is a schoolhouse.
Fountain Square Theatre Building

2) Fountain Square Theatre Building

Fountain Square is one of six designated cultural districts in Indianapolis. Fountain Square is becoming better known as a home for unique restaurants, art galleries and studios, live entertainment, antiques, and small professional offices. Thanks to the efforts of Southeast Neighborhood Development, and projects like the Wheeler Arts Community and the Murphy Art Center, the area is developing as a primary live/work community for Indianapolis artists. Today the dance hall inside the building of the historic diner and bowling alley has been part of a revival of swing dancing.

The designation of Fountain Square as one of Indiana's first urban Main Street programs, coupled with the distinction of being named as one of the six Indianapolis Cultural Districts, has the commercial district poised for further reinvestment and improvement. Long-term projects are in the planning stages, including upgrades to the street scape and fountain, developing additional public space, and creating gateways and directional signs that visually define Fountain Square as one of the unique neighborhoods of Indianapolis.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Lady Spray Fountain

3) Lady Spray Fountain

Located near the Fountain Square Theatre Building, the Lady Spray Fountain was the fourth structure built in this district. Initially it served as a water source for citizens. The first statue of the goddess Hebe, named by the people Lady Spray, was replaced by the Pioneer Family sculpture. A third fountain was developed in 1979, with the official opening in 2010 of a replica of the original Lady Spray statue.
Fountain Square Block

4) Fountain Square Block

The historic Fountain Square Block was designed in a Renaissance Revival style in 1902. This trree-story structure with peculiar tall windows, initially accommodated Fountain Block Hall, a public meeting hall. Reconstructed in 1994, it was converted to house the Fountain Square Public Library on the lower floor, and apartments for senior citizens on the upper floors.
The Murphy Building

5) The Murphy Building

The G.C. Murphy Building, better known as "The Murphy" or "The Murphy Building" was built in 1884 and is located at Fountain Square District of Indianapolis. The G.C. Murphy Building was once made up of separate buildings, but was joined in 1951 to become part of the now defunct chain of five and dime stores of the same name. The Murphy Art Center is an arts center located in the G. C. Murphy Building. The Center houses five galleries, 23 artist's studios, a supplier of art materials, an Italian restaurant, an English Pub and a salon/gallery combination. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property to the Fountain Square Commercial Areas Thematic Resources.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Patrick's Church

6) St. Patrick's Church

The first St. Patrick's Church in this district was raised in 1865 and replaced when the parish burned in 1927. The current church was built in 1929. The structure adjoined to the primary church is a parish school. Fountain Square and this church are integral in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the city’s annual four-mile run and walk.
Peppy's Grill

7) Peppy's Grill

Travel back in time at Peppy's Grill. This '50s-style restaurant in the center of historic Fountain Square has been open since the 1930s. Open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, you can drop in any time of the day or night for a bite. Peppy’s serve burgers, omelets, pancakes, fluffy biscuits, home-style sandwiches, salads and specials made to order. Local bands perform here, with seating indoors and outdoors. Peppy's Grill is delicious, affordable and has a great jukebox.

Walking Tours in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Create Your Own Walk in Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Museums Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 Km or 4 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour

Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 Km or 4.5 Miles
Indianapolis Introduction Walk

Indianapolis Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
Architecture Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles