This week’s room with a view is on the top floor of the former Stouffer’s Inn at 2820 North Meridian Street. The inn was built in 1966 and operated until the late 1980s. After being home to a Christian ministry for many years, Ivy Tech purchased the building in December, 2010, and has intentions of renovating it for classrooms, training, meetings, and conferences.

Seen in the photo above, from left, are the Marott Apartments (formerly Marott Hotel), Parkview Apartments, downtown, and Ivy Tech (originally, American Central Insurance, later American United Life).

Of note: The Stouffer’s Inn was the lodging for Elvis Presley during his last concert at Market Square Arena in 1977. It was also built on the site of the Van Camp mansion and, supposedly, parts of the mansion were incorporated into the inn.

Thanks to Victoria Mara Rutt for sharing this view.


3 responses to “Room with a View: Stouffer’s Inn”

  1. Kathleen (Vanston) Pfeiffer says:

    I fondly remember both the Marott hotel and its fabulous Sunday buffet with mounds of shrimp cocktail served in the courtyard (atrium?) and the Stouffers hotel and the rooftop restaurant where I first ate Lobster Newberg! Both were favorite places for “fancy” dining out when I was growing up.

    I moved from Indianapolis in 1979 and am saddened to know Stouffers is no more and that the Marott is now apartments. I am glad both buildings remain however.

    Wonderful memories!

  2. Norm Stouffer says:

    I am not from this area so didn’t know about the Stouffer’s hotel until I started looking up the name stouffer.
    I would be very appreciative of any info concerning who started it and where is the family now.


  3. Dianna says:

    When I was in middle school, we were driving into India when when we saw a sign inviting people to take a free tour of the Van Camp mansion before it was to be torn down. We stopped and were awed by what we saw. The home was magnificent. Beautiful wood inlay ceilings and parquet flooring in the entryway and in the main reception room/library. There was a grand staircase with finely carved massive railings heading up to the second floor. (The Inn was going to incorporate the entryway ceilings and flooring in its new lobby, as well as other materials from the home.) We went upstairs to find beautiful marble fireplaces located in each bedroom and a bathroom between every bedroom. There was a lot of marble and tile in both. The view was beautiful, especially in the back yard. At the very back of the yard there was an ice house and a deep well and all types of flowering plants and old trees. I’d like to know if there are any pictures in existence of the interior of this home. It was a shame that it was torn down. It was a truly elegant structure.

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