Historic roller rink for sale

May 18, 2007
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The former Rollerland skating rink, which also once served as a car dealership, is up for sale. The 1928 building at 922 N. Pennsylvania St. is part of a block of four properties owned by Master Glass & Color Inc. Rollerlandthat together comprise about 2 acres of prime real estate just north of the Central Library expansion. Master Glass used part of the 23,000-square-foot building as its showroom, but kept some of the rink remnants, including a sound system and a marquee-style sign that reminds skaters to use caution. The sale also includes parking lots next door and across the street from the rink, along with the building now occupied by FinishMaster at 937 N. Meridian St. Broker Wayne Timberman said the owner, Don Fledderjohn, will consider offers for all or parts of the property. What would you like to see here? Do you expect it will remain industrial?
  • i hope it won't remain industrial...what a cool building! with such close proximity to the central library and ongoing in-fill projects, i think the sky is the limit for the rink and other buildings. library-related shops/diners? galleries? a big bookstore? many good options - i hope they continue to keep the remnants of the rink!
  • When I was in grade school we attended quarterly rollerskating parties at Rollerland, but I had it in my mind that it was about half a mile directly east of the circle. I remember looking toward the Christmas tree of lights on the monument... Could it be that my directions were off by a quarter turn? I often wondered what became of the rink and now I know!!!!
  • That's certainly a VERY nicely detailed building with a great history and lots of memories for lots of people. But my heart won't exactly bleed if this building is replaced with something larger. I mean, it's a one-story building one block from our spankin'-new, 6-story central library and less than 10 blocks from the center of downtown. I think there are better uses for the land.

    Since this building is probably protected in the St. Joseph Historic District, I think this would be a perfect case for facadism.
  • It should be turned into a premier small/mid-sized music venue, something along
    the lines of the Metro in Chicago. That area is going to be hopping with young
    folk once Paramount Towers (student housing) is completed.
  • Densify it!! Save nothing but the facade(sp)!! Should mix one to two story commercial with affordable condos above. Downtown could use some for-sale res that isn't 350k+

  • Ivo, density and downtown Indy are like oil and water...
  • I think this building would be best used as light industrial, maybe a printing or graphic design company......
  • I agree that it should be some kind of an entertainment center for younger people. With the new Library so close, the student housing, The Abbey, etc...it would be great to see it used for live music, etc...if only I could afford it!
  • Rollerland Skating Rink
    Rollerland was where I use to skate. Such memories. Hated that it ever closed.
    • Grew up there
      My grandma was "Big Judy" and I grew up there. i was in my first skates at 4...I grew up behind luceille raines apartments across the street. Pat Patterson was the original owner of the rink. my granny operated it since i was born till the closing(i believe around 1984) a guy tried to buy it and run the rink but was not profitable, and someone else bought and turned into a parking garage. the dj center was to the right as you entered. and to the left was the concession area and seats in front of you,the skate box(repair and rentals) were back to the left. the box straight back on the wall that you could skate under, it had been a dj center at one point, but turned it into holiday displaying lights. the LIVE dj on the weekends were back by the basement door on the left. the wooden barriers surrounded the rink. i miss it so much. I was there everyday. at the end of its life, the rink got real bad with fights and shootings, this is why he sold the building. i was the only white kid in the place. i never felt out of place and it was my home away from home. would never change a thing.
      • correction
        the dj center was to the left as you entered, and the concession was to the right alonng with the skate box...the breezeway was where you bought tickets and entered. my granny ran the place for like 40 years. If you were there, you probably ran into her. i would love to see another rink there. or a concert hall for the arts.
        • i wanted to share this
          i found a wonderful picture of rollerland from 1949 when my dad sent my mom a letter from indy. See it at howard hayes facebook
          • picture
            I would love to see the picture of Rollerland
          • Question
            Toby...My grandfather and my mother skated out there. There were several pictures of my grandfather on the wall there that I would be interested in purchasing if available. Please let me know. Thanks you..

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