Things to Do | Historic Indianapolis Architecture

Exterior of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral – Touring the Scottish Rite Cathedral itself is a popular thing to do in Indianapolis for residents and visitors. The main tower is an impressive 212 feet and houses a 54-bell carillon. In addition to the detailed craftsmanship showcased by the many stained-glass windows and opulent carved woodwork, patterned ceilings offer a glimpse of the hours of artistry that went into creating the Cathedral. In the last few years the temple has drawn an impressive 100,000 visitors a year.
Old National Center – The Old National Center is one of the most historic and active Indianapolis performing arts venues. The Murat Shrine Temple, built in 1909, is now home to one of the most popular live music and Broadway production venues available in Indianapolis. Dubbed the Murat Centre until 2010, the building is now known as the Old National Center and boasts gigantic towers, roofs made of copper, intricate brick patterns, stained glass windows and arched entryways and halls throughout.
Crown Hill Cemetery – The Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery in Indianapolis has the distinction of being the third largest cemetery in the nation. A full-service cemetery in the most complete sense, the 555 acre grounds contain burial lots, markers and monuments, crypts and niches, a scattering garden, sections for veterans, the Heroes of Public Safety sector, two national cemeteries, the Eagle Plaza and an Eternal Flame.
Christ Church Cathedral – Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest building on Monument Circle. Founded nearly 175 years ago, the current building was finished in 1857, and the most recent renovation was completed in 2000; the view from inside the Cathedral is just as awe-inspiring as the bustle of downtown Indianapolis. With beautiful 13th Century Gothic architecture, an enormous positive organ, and ornate stained glass windows, Christ Church Cathedral is an elegant wonder to behold.
View of the Indiana State Capitol Building from the Central Canal in downtown Indianapolis Indiana State Capitol Building – If Indianapolis is the heart of Indiana, then what is the heart of Indianapolis? The answer is the Indiana State Capitol Building, right in the midst of downtown Indianapolis. The Capitol Building is an excellent place to bring Indianapolis kids, adults, or anybody interested in great architecture and Indiana politics. The building is made almost entirely of sleek Indiana limestone. Built in the Rennaissance style, the U.S. Capitol was used as an influence in our State Capitol’s construction.
Exterior of the Central Library in Indianapolis Central Library Building – The downtown branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, commonly known as the Central Library, is a hallmark of Indianapolis education. Its mix of beautiful architecture, vast educational opportunities, and helpful staff make this library one of many great Indianapolis attractions. The Central Library is a beautiful example of Greek Doric architecture, and is one of the most stunning library buildings in the United States.