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Knights of Pythias Building

Identification

Knights of Pythias Building
Knights of Pythias Indiana Grand Lodge, Indiana Pythian Building
102742

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Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
steel
romanesque revival

Usages

commercial office club house

Facts

  • The triangular Knights of Pythias Building was demolished to make way for One Indiana Square. The diagonal street Massachusetts Avenue was vacated from the Ohio Street/Pennsylvania Street intersection to the New York Street/Delaware Street intersection at that time.
  • Housed in this building from 1910-1926, the life insurance division of the Knights of Pythias merged with American Central Life Insurance in 1936 to form the American United Life Insurance Company, now housed in the OneAmerica Tower.
  • The same architects designed another flatiron building, the Medical Arts Building, for the site directly across Massachusetts Avenue in the early 1920s. This tower was never built.
  • Indianapolis has one of the largest collections of large buildings related to freemasonry. Buildings still standing include the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the Old National Centre, the Indiana Freemasons' Hall, and the building at One North Pennsylvania, which was built by the Oddfellows. The Scottish Rite Building and the Masonic Temple were also demolished.

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Location

210-222 Massachusetts Avenue
211-223 North Pennsylvania Street
216-218 Massachusetts Avenue
Center Township
Indianapolis
Indiana
U.S.A.

Technical Data

138.50 ft
136.00 ft
11
1
1900
4

Involved Companies

Rubush & Hunter
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