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  Indiana World War Memorial
by deecat

Jill and I stood in awe of the Indiana World War Memorial building. It is magnificent.
Work began on the main Memorial building in 1927, but it was not complete until 1965 because they had to wait until 2 churches that were on that block were demolished.

Jill and I think this structure is a "gem" and resembles the original Mausoleum (Tomb of King Mausollus) and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World!)

The Memorial Building sits on a block that is raised above street level; that only makes it more impressive. It rises 210 feet above street level. If you go to Vermont Street, you can enter by a single, monumental stairway rising directly from the sidewalk. If you go from Michigan Street, there is a low, wide granite/limestone stairway that leads to a pair of end stairways that rise in two runs.

We loved the six columns and the stepped pyramidal roof topped by a lantern. Each side has six columns, and above the columns is a "frieze" with 6 large figures that represent: Courage, Memory, Peace, Victory, Liberty, & Patriotism. It has an Egyptian "feel" to it. And don't miss the beautiful tall, double leaf bronze doors, a standout!

If you walk from the southwest corner of the block along Vermont Street, you will see the south steps that face University Park and the statue called Pro Patria. The title is Latin and means "for country." The statue is a young man standing on a pink granite base. He is draped in an American flag and is reaching heavenward. In 1929 it was considered one of the largest sculptured bronze casting ever made in America.

We were glad that we did not have to climb all those stairs to get inside. We went to the other side, and it was an easy entry.

Be sure to read the next tip which will describe the inside of this beautiful Indiana World War Memorial

Address: 431 North Meridian Street
Phone: (317)232-7615
Website: http://www.ai.org/iwm

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  • Updated Apr 11, 2005
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