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City to hold meeting on proposed Monument Circle district

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Indianapolis residents are getting their first chance to weigh in on proposed protections for the buildings near the city's famed Monument Circle.

Thursday's meeting at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will detail the proposed Monument Circle Historic District and give the public a chance to comment on the idea.

Department of Metropolitan Development spokesman John Bartholomew said Monument Circle's towering Soldiers and Sailors Monument has long been protected by state law.

But the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission wants to provide special protections for the exteriors of about 90 buildings in the blocks surrounding that monument.

Bartholomew said the historic district would add an extra layer of review for proposed changes to the facades of those buildings and their architectural styles that date from the Civil War to the present day.

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  • Wright
    Actually, Frank Lloyd Wright had Indianapolis nailed. The city is full of people like you who insult brilliance while settling for mediocrity. Why do you suppose Wright built dozens of buildings just up the road and none here?
  • Well then...
    ... I suppose even Frank Lloyd Wright is entitled to a few ignorant opinions then, isn't he?
    • What is left to preserve?
      When Frank Lloyd Wright visited Indianapolis in 1957, he said the only building he saw that was any good was the JC Penney store on the Circle that was designed by Nathanial Owens who eventually joined the world renowned Skidmor, Owings and Merrill. Of course, the facade on that building was destroyed decades ago. As usual, city leaders are about 30 years too late. Idiots.

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