Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Built for German societies of Indianapolis including Socialer Turnverein: east wing 1893-1894, west wing 1897-1898. Designed in German Renaissance Revival Style by Indianapolis firm of Vonnegut and Bohn. Sculpted terra cotta and limestone by local artist Alexander Sangernebo. Major renovation 1990s. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1973.
Originally called Das Deutsche Haus; name changed to Athenaeum during World War I because of anti-German sentiment. Facilities included gymnasium, auditorium, restaurant, concert-ballroom, bowling alleys, and beer garden with concert pavilion. Home of Normal College of the North American Gymnastic Union 1907-1970. Has continued as vital social and cultural center.
Erected 1999 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Athenaeum Foundation. (Marker Number 49.1999.2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 39° 46.431′ N, 86° 8.994′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Michigan Street and Massachusetts Avenue, on the left when traveling west on E. Michigan Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lockerbie Square (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roberts Park United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Indiana State Meeting of the Christian Churches (approx. 0.3 miles away); Zerelda G. Wallace (approx. 0.3 miles away); Market Street Temple (approx. 0.4 miles away); “Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis Has Left the Building” (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Freeman (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bowen-Merrill Fire / Indianapolis Fire Department (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
Regarding Athenaeum. More information from the Athenaeum Foundation website:http://www.athenaeumfoundation.org/about-the-a/history/
Additional keywords. German Americans
Categories. • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Notable Buildings •
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