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Historic Structures of

Indianapolis, Indiana

Apartment Buildings

Indianapolis, in the central part of the state, is the capital of Indiana and seat of Marion Co. In 1821 the community was named Indianapolis, and the U.S. engineer Alexander Ralston who assisted the French architect Pierre L'Enfant in planning Washington, D.C., was commissioned to lay out the community.

Incorporated as a city 1847, and the largest city in Indiana, Indianapolis is a commercial manufacturing, transportation, and cultural center situated in the productive Corn Belt agricultural region.

Points of interest include the home of President Benjamin Harrison; the home of the Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley; the State Capitol (completed 1888); Union Station; the Soldiers and Sailors Monument (1902), in Monument Circle, the heart of the city; Woodruff Place and Lockerbie Square historic districts; Indiana World War Memorial Plaza, including the American Legion national headquarters building; and the Gothic-style Scottish Rite Cathedral.

In the 1960s and '70s major programs of urban redevelopment were undertaken by the city. Indianapolis does not have the most progressive attitude toward historic preservation in the state, but a growing awareness of the city's architectural assets has resulted in a thriving preservationist community.

Well-maintained historic apartment building in Indianapolis, Indiana

Plaza Building (1907)

902 N. Pennsylvania St.

Indianapolis, Indiana


Sylvania Building - Picture of a well-maintained historic apartment building in Indianapolis, Indiana

Sylvania Building (c.1906)

801 N. Pennsylvania

Indianapolis, Indiana

This is an example of where a few trees and a lawn could definitely enhance a building's surroundings!


Baker Building, Indianapolis, Indiana

Baker Building

310 North Alabama

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mayleeno Building, Indianapolis, Indiana

Mayleeno Building

416 East Vermont

Indianapolis (Marion County)

(Not a very pretty sight these days, this building appears to have been heavily altered. The flat shingled areas on the front of the building appear to have been added to fill in the space once occuped by larger windows and, perhaps, awnings.)

Devon Building, Indianapolis, Indiana

Devonshire Building

412 North Alabama

Indianapolis, Indiana

An apartment building of unusual design.


Emilie Building - Picture of a well-maintained historic apartment building in Indianapolis, Indiana

Emilie Building (1902)

Two-Part Commercial Block

Stone at top of building reads "Erected by Fred Shmio"

This is a mixed-use structure (a storefront at bottom, apartments on top) and an example of a building with an appropriately remodeled storefront level.


Vienna Building, Indianapolis, Indiana

Vienna Building

306 E. New York St., Indianapolis, Indiana

These photos are courtesy of the photographer, Mike Habeck ( Mike is with EcoIndiana and, in addition to being concerned about historic architecture, is also looking out for the state's natural environment. Our thanks to Mike for sharing these photos with us.

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