Overhaul underway on IPS building

June 11, 2007
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The administrative building for Indianapolis Public Schools is getting a $3.2 million overhaul to shore up two levels of parking. Workers have removed the facade from most of the second and third floorsJohn Morton-Finney Center of the John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services. The building sits along Walnut Street between Delaware and Pennsylvania streets on the north end of downtown. More than 40 years of car traffic, and the accompanying salt and snow, have taken their toll on the building's unusual layout. The structure has offices in the basement, first floor and fourth-through-seventh floors, while parking is on the second and third floors. IPS hasn't decided yet whether to replace walls that previously hid the parking levels. The project will not affect the Whaling Wall by marine artist Wyland that adorns the building's north face.
  • This is all just too bad to even comment on. They're proposing to make an already terrible building much, much worse. They may actually lave the parking exposed? Are the kids sharing their drugs with the people in charge of this project? I'm glad to see the whale mural will stay. That's a real comfort......yeeeeaaaahhhh.....
  • The Whaling Wall is a real treasure for the city. Wyland is famous all over the world for his murals. I'm actually surprised that the city doesn't make more noise about it as part of the arts and culture initiatives.
  • i really don't know why they'd bother renovating that building. as anonymous said, they're making bad worse. tear it down and incorporate the wyland wall into a new development. that building has killed a half-block or so with it's unfriendly design...the same goes for the god-awful minton-capeheart (sp?) building.
  • Even '70s brutalist architecture needs to have a couple of good (bad) examples preserved for the ages, and that's the best one in town. Indianapolis will be as boring as it used to be (and as whitebread as Carmel) if everything is New Urbanist townhome and shop-front faces.

    Diversity in the urban fabric necessarily includes some stuff everyone loves to hate.
  • i can certainly understand cdc's point, but can we save it as an example to never, ever go back to brutalist architecture?? i can only imagine what once stood there (maybe someone knows?)...
  • Huh - every time I have seen that mural I was sure it was a Wyland knock-off. The quality of it is terrible.
  • What always cracked me up with the Whale mural is that it faces the wrong way (north) on a one-way street (running North). I'm glad it's there, and it sure is cool, but who is the dufus who decided it goes where nobody sees it?

  • Hilarious point Da Hooey! Another knock against the whale wall is that it precludes any development from going on the surface lot directly north of it because people would complain about not being able to see the whales anymore, whales that they currently can't see anyway! It sure is a great mural, but it's placement wasn't thought-out very well!

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