INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana– Marriott Place Indianapolis, a collection of Marriott properties under construction in downtown Indianapolis, has revealed the design of an art-filled plaza, expected to become a landmark and lasting gift to the city.
“From the beginning, we have been driven by a desire to positively impact the Circle City, not just by developing a unique, world-class property, but also by contributing to the beauty of the city,” said Bruce White, chairman and chief executive officer of White Lodging, the primary developer of Marriott Place Indianapolis. “My father, Dean White, and our entire family are committed to supporting the Indianapolis arts community and celebrating our home state. The Art Plaza is another example of that commitment, and is something that Indiana residents will be able to enjoy just as much as hotel guests.”
The multi-million dollar plaza was designed by Indianapolis landscape architects Claire Bennett Associates. The artworks in the plaza pay tribute to Indiana and were designed by Jeff Laramore of 2nd Globe Studios, which has studios in Indianapolis and Vancouver, British Columbia. The signature piece in the plaza is a nearly 36-foot-tall stylized sculpture of a cardinal, representing the state bird. When viewed from above – as from the windows of the adjacent JW Marriott Indianapolis –the cardinal appears to be perched on tulip tree branch formed by the stonework in the plaza. The tulip tree is Indiana’s state tree.
Another key feature of the plaza is a 60-foot-long waterwall, featuring a multitude of peonies – Indiana’s state flower – depicted in stone behind a cascade of water. The waterwall was also designed by Laramore.
The $450 million Marriott Place Indianapolis is being developed by White Lodging Services and REI Investments, and largely funded by entrepreneur and developer, Dean White. “We wanted to make this project a landmark for Indianapolis attractions, its convention business and our family,” said Bruce White. “We are proud to be Hoosiers, and selected the design for the Art Plaza because of its connection to the state.”
For meeting planners, who are already responding positively to the unparalleled flexibility and amenities offered by Marriott Place Indianapolis, the Art Plaza is just one more reason to consider hosting an event at the new development. “It will be a fantastic venue for outdoor receptions, parties and even performances, with downtown Indianapolis as a backdrop and all within steps of the Indiana Convention Center and White River State Park,” said Cory Chambers, director of sales and marketing for Marriott Place Indianapolis.
March, 2010 will mark the scheduled opening the Art Plaza, as well as The Indianapolis Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Downtown and the Indianapolis SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown. The JW Marriott Indianapolis will open in February, 2011. The fifth Marriott Place hotel, the 622-room Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, is already operating.
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The spectacular $450 million complex will feature 1,626 rooms, and when combined with the existing 622 rooms in the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, will form the Marriott Place Indianapolis. Once completed, the luxurious and spacious hotel complex will serve as the premier convention headquarters hotel in Indianapolis with 145,000 square feet of meeting, banquet and exhibit space (104,000 square feet within the JW Marriott Indianapolis), and one of Marriott’s largest hotel ballrooms totaling 40,500 square feet.
This landmark Indianapolis hotel development will serve as an anchor for central Indiana’s convention and tourism industry. Located on a seven acre site overlooking the White River State Park, guests are steps away from a thriving downtown with numerous, exciting entertainment attractions such as Monument Circle, Circle Centre Mall, the Indiana State Museum, the Indiana Repertory Theater, Lucas Oil Stadium, and Conseco Fieldhouse. The new hotel is also near dozens of Indianapolis restaurants and hot Indianapolis nightlife spots.
The grand opening for the Indianapolis Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown, and the T.G.I. Friday’s is March 2010. The JW Marriott Indianapolis will open in March 2011.
Source: Marriott Place Indianapolis