When Indiana locals think of iconic buildings in Indiana, what comes to mind? The Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Notre Dame’s storied football stadium? Maybe even the Indiana Statehouse or Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.
All are well-known landmarks, and Indiana is proud of them. But Indiana has several other architectural marvels as well.
Indiana State Library
The library was designed by Indiana native George Caleb Wright, the state’s first architect to have a formal education in the field. This limestone building is beautiful both inside and out, with intricate mosaics that cover the walls of its long corridors. The library was opened in 1934.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indiana’s most famous museum was completed in 1883, making it one of the oldest public art museums in the United States. But what many people don’t know about the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is that its architectural style was derived from ancient Greece and Rome, making it one of Indiana’s most unique buildings.
The original building was designed by John M. Merriam, whose design was inspired by the temples of ancient Greece.
Indianapolis Art Center
The Indianapolis Art Center (IAC) has been around since 1934, but Indiana locals didn’t know what they were missing until 2013, when it was renovated. The renovation was designed by Gluckman Mayner Architects in New York, which is known for its contemporary approach to design.
Indiana War Memorial
Constructed in 1924, Indiana War Memorial started as a tribute to the Indiana men who died in World War I. Today, it is the state’s military memorial and home of the Indiana Military Museum.