Indiana World War Memorial Plaza

Urban feature located in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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LocationBounded by St. Clair, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Meridian Sts., Indianapolis, Indiana
Coordinates39°46′25″N 86°9′25″W / 39.77361°N 86.15694°W / 39.77361; -86.15694Coordinates: 39°46′25″N 86°9′25″W / 39.77361°N 86.15694°W / 39.77361; -86.15694
Built1924
ArchitectWalker & Weeks; Henry Hering
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts, Neoclassical
NRHP reference No.89001404[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 25, 1989
Boundary increaseDecember 23, 2016
Designated NHLDOctober 11, 1994[2]

The Indiana World War Memorial Plaza is an urban feature located in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, originally built to honor the veterans of World War I.[3] The five-city-block plaza was conceived in 1919 as a location for the national headquarters of the American Legion and a memorial to the state's and nation's veterans. At the north end of the plaza is the American Legion Mall, which is the site of the administration buildings of the Legion, as well as a memorial cenotaph. South of that is the Veterans Memorial Plaza with its obelisk.

The centerpiece of the plaza is the Indiana World War Memorial, modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, which contains "the Altar of the Flag" in the Shrine Room. There is also a military museum and an auditorium. At the south end is University Park, the oldest part of the plaza, filled with statues and a fountain. On October 11, 1994, the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza was designated a National Historic Landmark District. In 2016, the district was enlarged to include in its scope the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and was renamed the Indiana World War Memorial Historic District.

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "Indiana World War Memorial Plaza Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2008.
  3. ^ Rollins, Suzanne T.; Martin, Katherine; Downey, Lawrence; Goetzman, Bruce E. (June 24, 1994). "National Historic Landmark Nomination: Indiana World War Memorial Plaza Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. and Accompanying seven photos from 1994(PDF)

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