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Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Identification

Soldiers & Sailors Monument
118685

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Structure in General

monument
existing [completed]
masonry
limestone
exposed structure
light gray
neo-classicism

Usages

commemoration museum

Facts

  • A 30-foot statue of "Victory" tops the obelisk.
  • The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is located in the monument's lower level.
  • Constructed of gray oolitic limestone, the monument commemorates Indiana war dead from 1776-1865.
  • The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is the focal point of the 342-foot diameter Monument Circle. The site was once home to the Governor's Mansion, but no Governor ever resided in the house. The empty structure was razed in 1857.
  • The Limestone Sculptures at the monument's base are the work of Austrian Sculptor Rudolf Schwarz and the Bronze Astragal the work of Nicolaus Geiger of Berlin.
  • An extensive renovation of the monument by Schmidt Associates and Geupel DeMars was completed in 1989.
  • The monument was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
  • An indoor observation deck at the 244.5-foot level can be reached by a single elevator or stairway.
  • The building's renovation was recognized in 1990 with the Monumental Award, representing the most significant visual and physical enhancement in Marion County.

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Location

Monument Circle, Meridian Street & Market Street
46204
Center Township
Indianapolis
Indiana
U.S.A.

Technical Data

284.50 ft
284.50 ft
244.50 ft
1888
1902
1989
1
$598,318

Involved Companies


Bruno Schmitz
Frederick Baumann
MEP engineering, construction company, elevator supplier, excavation company, facade supplier, owner

1989

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
  • Observation deck on roof
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