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Barnes and Thornburg Building

Identification

Barnes and Thornburg Building
Merchants National Bank Building
118618

Map

Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
brick
applied masonry
dark red
neo-classicism

Usage

commercial office
mercantile

Facts

  • This building follows the tripartite formula of base (two story), shaft (13 story), and crown (one story). The spare use of classical details, the almost Sullivanesque floral ornamentation, and the overall simplicity of design points toward Chicago School early modernism.
  • The tallest high-rise building in Indianapolis from 1909-1962, when the City-County Building was completed.
  • The fire escapes on the east side of the Barnes & Thornburg Building (then Merchant's Bank) were used by Indianapolis firefighters to fight a major fire in the Thomas Building, only one-half block away.
  • This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
  • This is the tallest building completed in Indianapolis between 1900-1909.
  • Until October 2005, the building supported a large communications antenna of unknown height; a former tower reached the height of 297 feet.

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More Information

Location

11 South Meridian Street
46204
U.S.A.

Technical Data

245.00 ft
245.00 ft
230.00 ft
17
1
1907
1909
5

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

general contractor, property management, real estate agent

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark