Last time in this series, David shared his favorite historical architecture in Indianapolis with us. This month, Project Manager Michael Long shares some of his favorite architecture around Indianapolis and explains what makes each one significant.
“Since Hinkle Fieldhouse opened in 1928, it has likely influenced much of the Architecture in the Indianapolis area. For many Hoosiers, this is a building that evokes a particular “feeling.” Maybe it’s a feeling of nostalgia for the rich history of events and the building’s place in college basketball. Regardless, this is a place where a person can “feel” the architecture. You might also debate its influence on more recent athletic facilities in our city.”
The Downtown Canal
“The downtown canal is not so much architecture as it is urban planning. The canal was built as part of the Indiana Central Canal in the 1800’s as part of an interstate commerce system. Today, though, it facilitates the joining of several significant downtown features. The State Museum, the Eiteljorg, the NCAA headquarters and the Medal of Honor Memorial all come to mind when I think of the Downtown Canal Walk. (Is it cheating here for me to use one canal to share four pieces of my favorite designs in Indianapolis?)”
The AmeriPlex Business Park Monument Sign
“Is signage architecture? I have an architect friend who says, “Design is design,” and the AmeriPlex Business Park Monument Sign is just that. This monument was designed by the late Eric Fulford during the master planning of this 1,500+ acre industrial park. The monolithic concrete and perforated metal panel mimic the shape of an airfoil or wing and is a nod toward the park’s proximity to the Indianapolis Airport. A fun fact is that perforated metal panels were not readily available and the signage contractor hand-drilled all of those holes! This sign also gets transformed into a giant candle for the holiday season.”