Memory bank: A grand opening

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Indianapolis celebrated the grand opening of Circle Centre mall on Sept. 8, 1995, with much fanfare, including a fireworks show. The mall incorporated existing buildings, including the former L.S. Ayres. A skybridge and the Artsgarden were built on the second floor to connect the mall’s ends over the streets below. The mall served as a focal point of downtown’s renaissance in the 1990s but in recent years has struggled. Simon Property Group Inc. sold its share of the mall late last year to a new ownership group that is now soliciting ideas for ways to redevelop the property.

Sources: Indiana Historical Society, IBJ research 

Credit: This photo is courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society and is part of the Indianapolis Bicentennial collection. 

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