As of yesterday, Athenaeum Foundation Executive Director, Cassie Stockamp has taken up camping on the roof of the Athenaeum to help raise money for the elaborate and beloved building at the intersection of Michigan and New Jersey streets.  She’ll be blogging from the roof (follow along here) while sacking out under a tent for one week. This idea was inspired by David Willkie’s 60 day stint on the roof of the Athenaeum 20 years ago, and both events were to raise money for the maintenance of one of the city’s most beloved buildings.

David Willkie, former roof camper, with Cassie Stockamp, current roof camper

There are a number of events open to the public–just click here. The weather yesterday morning for 7:30am yoga was decidedly chilly, but not all days should be as cold as the 34 degrees of Monday morning’s yoga class. I’m thankful to my friend who asked me to go–I mean, how often are you going to have the chance to do sunrise yoga atop one of the most beautiful buildings in Indianapolis? Carpe diem, friends!

Hoping many of you get to one of the week’s events. If nothing else, the view is tremendous…

 Do you have a unique view of Indianapolis from your window (or roof)? Please send to feedback (at) historicindianapolis (dot) com and with your name and where you took your picture and we could feature it in an upcoming RWAV!


One response to “Room With a View: Athenaeum Rooftop”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    This sounds silly, but from the second floor of my grade school (remembering this) which was # 68, (East 21st Street & Riley Avenue) one could look west-southwest and see the Indianapolis downtown skyline, and that was when the former Merchants National Bank Building was the tallest one downtown! Plus, I could climb on the roof of my parent’s house a couple of blocks away, and in winter when the leaves were off, I could see the same view. Man, what stupid trivia!

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