I’m not sure that I’ve been up to the observation deck of the City-County Building since a nearly forgotten school field trip sometime in the 80′s. Seemingly, neither have many would be donators of Indy history. The hodgepodge collection of Indianapolis memorabilia and newspaper clippings, nostalgic as it was for me, is definitely in need of some fresh love/donations. That being said, the observation deck offers a superb panoramic view of the Circle City and is staffed by the friendliest people you’ll find anywhere.
The City-County Building itself opened in 1962 and came to house what was deemed “Unigov”, a consolidation of city and county wide government proposed by then mayor Richard Lugar in the late 60′s. At 28 stories, the City-County was the first building in Indianapolis to be taller than the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, a title it held until 1970. It’s construction came at a price though, leading to the demolition of the old Marion County Courthouse, seen below and detailed by TBB in 2009, also below.
Read about the link between the old Marion County Courthouse and Crown Hill Cemetery here.