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Indiana State House

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, June 15, 2016
1. Indiana State House Marker
Inscription. When Alexander Ralston and Elias Fordham laid out the original Mile Square Plan for Indianapolis, they set aside Square 53 for a “State House” two blocks west of what is now Monument Circle. In 1835 a first state house was completed on the site, modeled on the Parthenon in Athens. After only 30 years, the first capitol began to disintegrate and become overcrowded. A Board of State House Commissioners chose the design of Indianapolis architect Edwin May for a new state house in 1878. His design, based partially on that of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, features the Italian Renaissance architectural style, with a central dome and rotunda, classical exterior details, and wings with interior atriums adorned with three types of Renaissance columns. The façade is constructed of Indiana limestone. All three branches of state government were housed in the State House when it was completed in 1888. The Indiana General Assembly, Governor, and Indiana Supreme Court were all given imposing chambers, as were the other elected state officeholders. During the 1980s, the public areas were restored to their original impressive appearance.
 
Erected by Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
 
Location. 39° 46.038′ N, 86° 9.758′ 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, June 15, 2016
2. Indiana State House Marker
close up of text
W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is on West Washington Street 0.1 miles west of Capitol Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The National Road (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Andrews Hendricks (within shouting distance of this marker); Indianapolis Times (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); State Capitol (about 500 feet away); Oliver Perry Morton (about 500 feet away); The Lincoln Funeral Train (about 500 feet away); Civil War Arsenal 1861 - 1864 (about 600 feet away); Here, Abraham Lincoln Said (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Indianapolis.
 
Additional keywords. State Capitol
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Indiana State House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, June 15, 2016
3. Indiana State House Marker
looking east along Washington Street
Indiana State House image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, June 15, 2016
4. Indiana State House
south facade
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 24, 2016.
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