Name of Business: Indianapolis Life
Date of Advertisement: April 24, 1966
Neighborhood: Midtown/ North Meridian Street
Service Provided: Life Insurance, Disability, Annuities
Years of Operation: 1905- 2009
Notable: The Indianapolis Life Insurance Company began figuring just how much you were worth in 1905. The business began in the Indianapolis Traction Terminal before moving to the Board of Trade Building around 1908. Both downtown landmarks have since been demolished. In 1929 they moved operations to their permanent locale at 2960 North Meridian Street. The business, started by brothers Charles, George and Joseph Raub, grew to be the third largest insurer in the state, with policyholders coast to coast. Indianapolis lost yet another homegrown brand name when the company merged with Aviva Life at the close of the last decade.
Additionally: Perhaps even more significant than the large insurer was its home office. The stately Meridian Street Mansion was home of Charles W. Fairbanks; he had lived just south of 16th and Meridian Streets prior to this home. Born in Ohio, Fairbanks served as a United States Senator and was Vice President under Teddy Roosevelt. After retiring from politics, he had this mansion built in 1912 and resided here until his death in 1918. Today, the home houses the International Medical Group.
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