Downtown Canal and White River State Park
Discovery runs through it.
What?s your pleasure? Recreation? Music? Relaxation? Wildlife? Art? History? Whatever it is, you can have it all along the Central Canal and throughout the 250-acre White River State Park.
The Canal Walk is a 3-mile loop, a popular urban respite for fitness enthusiasts and serenity-seekers alike. This Downtown waterfront is dotted with pedal boats and gondolas, bicycles and surreys.
Breeze through The Canal and White River State Park on one of the daily Segway Tours. These motorized, two-wheeled vehicles make zipping around the park a quick and easy trip. Learn more at: http://www.segwayofindiana.com/tours/tour/white-river-state-park
White River State Park
Entertainment requires just one stop at White River State Park in Downtown Indianapolis: Indiana?s one-and-only urban state park. In addition to hosting some of the city?s most popular festivities ? such as Irish Fest and Rib America Festival ? White River State Park offers a bundled package of recreation with six major attractions. A new, free Family Art Series runs June through September.
The Lawn at White River State Park
Summer is at its best on The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, named one of the top 100 outdoor concert venues by Pollstar Magazine for four consecutive years. On a waterfront stage with seating for 8,000, The Lawn offers first-rate concerts in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western A...
Before designing the Eiteljorg Museum, architect Jonathan Hess traveled the Southwest with museum founder Harrison Eiteljorg. The pair studied the area’s land, architecture and people. Broad, flat mesas; deep, craggy canyons and ancient pueblo structures are what make the Southwest
uniquely beautiful. These features served as an inspiration to the Eiteljorg Museum’s creators.
The Eiteljorg Museum’s main entrance has become an Indianapolis icon, with its Southwestern influenced portico and front path that stretches past the Richard and Billie Lou Wood Deer Fountain and The Greeter, a monumental sculpture by artist George Carlson. The 118,000-square-foot, honey-colored museum is set within a large, round base inspired by the circular symbols and spaces of Native Pueblo communities. Much of the Eiteljorg’s exterior consists of Minnesota dolomite, a stone with color and texture that creates the feel of a Southwestern Pueblo. Plum-colored German sandstone serves as the building’s base and appears again inside on the floor of the museum’s Grand Hall and other areas.
Inside the Eiteljorg Museum, warm earth tones, stone and rich mahogany trim continue the Southwestern motif. The expansive Grand Hall features the light-filled Michael and Juanita Eagle Commons. The R.B. Annis Western Family Experience, located on the canal level, is linked to the Hall by a winding staircase. In the center of the staircase is the famed Indianapolis Totem Pole. Most of the museum’s galleries are floored with stained oak.
With the June 2005 addition of the Mel and Joan Perelman Wing, which doubled the size of the institution’s public space, came the opportunity to add more unique architectural features to its already award-winning design. Johnathan Hess seamlessly integrated new spaces with the old.
The new north end of the museum, which connects the museum to the Indianapolis Central Canal, features the Christel DeHaan Family
Terrace. This elegant garden showcases monumental sculpture by Allan Houser, Truman Lowe and Douglas Hyde; indigenous Indiana plants and trees; and the Randy Deer & Wayne Zink Symbols of our Universe, an architectural feature that interprets the Native American relationship with the four cardinal directions. Providing a view of the DeHaan Family Terrace and the Canal is the outdoor terrace of the Eiteljorg Museum Café. A wood-and-zinc canopy near the canal entrance echoes the design of the museum’s main entryway, developing a sense of structural continuity.
Flanner House Library
IndyPL has been associated with the Flanner House social services agency for many years, in cooperation with the Library Committee of the Flanner House Board of Directors. Originally a library station was opened in Lockfield Gardens in 1967. When this building closed, a library was included in the Flanner House building at 2110 North Illinois Street. In the fall of 1979, the Flanner House organization and the Flanner House Branch Library moved to their present home, the Flanner House Community Center at 2424 Northwestern Ave., now renamed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. The 3,000 square-foot Flanner House Branch Library opened in the new multi-service center on October 29, 1979, the twenty-third branch in the IndyPL system, and the first to be opened in a multi-service complex.
Fountain Square Branch
Located in the heart of the Fountain Square Business District, the Fountain Square Branch Library has had many past homes.
Opening in 1896 as "Branch #3," our branch was the third oldest in the system. In 1906 it moved to 1913 Prospect Street and became the Prospect Branch, where it remained for 35 years.
In 1941 it moved to 1125 Spruce Street, taking over the old IPS School #20. In 1969 it was relocated to 1831 Prospect Street. In 1994 the library made a bold move to the ground floor of the Historic Fountain Block Building at 1066 Virginia Avenue. This doubled the library’s size to over 5,000 square feet and placed it in the heart of the Fountain Square Business District.
Fountain Square Cultural District
Just southeast of downtown, our funky Indianapolis neighborhood has vintage and antique shops, a world of restaurants, working artists, and a vibrant arts scene, live music, and performance, and one-of-a-kind stores that sell comics, musical instruments, home décor, fresh flowers, and so much more.
Visit Fountain Square any time of the day or night, and find out why our neighborhood is anything but…square!
Fountain Square Theatre
Originally built in 1928, the Fountain Square Theatre opened as a 1500 seat motion picture and vaudeville theatre. Decorated with an Italian garden theme and highlighted with a forty foot dome ceiling with twinkling stars, the theatre enjoyed many years as a premier entertainment venue. Closed and gutted in the late 1950's the former theatre space housed a Woolworth five and dime store, then years later a thrift shop.
After extensive renovations beginning in 1994, the Fountain Square Theatre is once again transformed into a starlit courtyard. Columned arches surround an expansive dance floor at the foot of a large stage and a balcony overlooks the main level of the theatre.
The Mezzanine level of the theatre retains much of its original architectural details such as stained glass windows and ornamental plaster reliefs.
If you are looking for a unique venue to host your wedding ceremony and/or reception, a class reunion, dance, concert, or corporate function, the Fountain Square Theatre offers an historic setting for your event.
Full Circle Nine Gallery
The Full Circle Nine Gallery is an artist-cooperative gallery located in the South Studios portion of the Circle City Industrial Complex. We take no commission from member artists, and all work together to promote each other’s art. We represent a variety of styles: Traditional, abstract, pop, 2D, 3D, and a variety of media, including painting, photography, clay, assemblage, and mixed media. We work to maintain a fun, supportive atmosphere and are welcoming to emerging artists, established artists, and those in between. We are currently open Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm, and during the IDADA First Friday Art Tour, which regularly sees large crowds. We are also available by appointment during hours convenient to patrons. Free parking is available.
Garfield Park Arts Center
The Garfield Park Arts Center engages Indianapolis residents in diverse, artistic and cultural exhibits, arts classes and special events. It features performing arts spaces, visual arts galleries, classrooms and a literary arts library. The galleries, rich with exhibits of local and regional art, are open to the public at no charge.
Garfield Park Branch Library
The Garfield Park Branch, formerly known as the Shelby Branch, serves a lively and diverse population on the south side of Indianapolis. Its current name reflects the desire of neighborhood residents to refer to the branch by their beloved and well-known Garfield Park, which sits adjacent to the branch.
The original Shelby Branch opened on September 9, 1918 when the south side was still mainly farmland. The library was first housed in the old District School No. 34 at 2359 Shelby Street. Construction began on a 6,400-square-foot facility in 1964, and the new Shelby Branch opened on November 8, 1965. Following a major renovation project in the summer and fall of 2011, the library reopened as the Garfield Park Branch on November 3, 2011.
General Public Collective
General Public is an artist-run project space and concept shop dedicated to sharing ideas through exhibitions, performances and original works of art.
Georgia Street’s three-block street and walkway connects the Indiana Convention Center, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Circle Centre, a collection of restaurants, residences, hotels and the historic St. John’s Catholic Church. Whether on your lunch break or visiting for the weekend, you’ll find sports events, food truck festivals and outdoor cafes all along the street.
Enjoy a splash of culture right in the middle of busy Downtown Indy. Intriguing public art on the street includes Wooden’s Legacy (affectionately known as The Legs) by Jeffrey Rouse. The bronze sculpture pays homage to John Wooden, a famous Hoosier known worldwide for his winning basketball coaching style. Find more culture right down the block at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. This urban church serves a diverse population that ranges from traditional parishioners, young adults and college students, daily Mass goers.
Go beyond the hustle and bustle of Downtown and enjoy this urban, outdoor public space.
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