When were you last on the observation deck of the City-County Building? There’s a hodgepodge collection of Indianapolis memorabilia and newspaper clippings on the floor available for an extra dose of nostalgia. 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.

Marion County Courthouse circa 1925

Read about the link between the old Marion County Courthouse and Crown Hill Cemetery here.