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Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Monument Circle
Indianapolis IN United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1888
  Finished1902
Building Uses
 - monument
 - museum
 - observation
Structural Types
 - tower
Architectural Style
 - neo-classical
Materials
 - stone
 - limestone

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof284 ft
"Victory" statue
Spire284 ft''
"Victory" statue
Top floor244 ft
observation deck

Description
• Architects: Bruno Schmitz, Frederick Baumann.

• Constructors:
American Hydrotech Inc., Enos Hege, Geupel DeMars Inc., Hagerman Construction Corporation, Hale Electric Elevator Company, Indiana Limestone Company, Indiana War Memorial Commission, Jungclaus-Campbell Company Inc., Kite Inc., Pepper Construction Group, Rotz Engineers Inc., Schmidt Associates Inc., Terre Haute Stone Works.
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• The 30-foot tall statue at the top is named "Victory."

• The Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands in the very middle of Monument 342-foot diameter Circle, a prominent meeting point in downtown Indianapolis.

• Its estensive renovation by Schmidt Associates and Geupel DeMars was completed in 1989, only recognized in 1990 with the Monumental Award, representing the most significant visual and physical enhancement in Marion County.

• There is the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum located in the monument's lower level.

• Constructed of gray oolitic limestone, the monument commemorates Indiana war dead from 1776-1865.

• The site was once home to the Governor's Mansion, but no Governor ever resided in the house. The empty structure was razed in 1857.

• Its Limestone Sculptures at base are the work of Austrian Sculptor Rudolf Schwarz and the Bronze Astragal, work of Nicolaus Geiger of Berlin.

• The monument was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

• An indoor observation deck at the 244.5-foot level can be reached by a single elevator or stairway.

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