Business: Wilking Music Company
Location: 120 East Ohio Street, near Massachusetts Avenue
Years of Operation: 1922-1995
Notable: For over 70 years, Wilking Music Company was the place to go if you wanted that glamorous Steinway and Son’s grand piano. Founded in 1922 by Frank Wilking in a small storefront in the 200 block of Massachusetts Avenue, the business grew to occupy the entire building. Many ads list the business at 120 East Ohio Street.
Anticipating a big boom after World War II, the company moved to the Vajen Building at 114 North Pennsylvania in 1946.
The company was heavily involved in cultivating music within the Indianapolis community. One related distinction was that the Blind School’s Steinway piano was purchased from The Wilking Music Company in 1953.
Additionally: Wilking Music Company became part of the Steinway Company in 1960, who in turn sold it to local distributor Richard Gigax. During this time, the company expanded to locations at the various shopping malls throughout the city and a warehouse store in Park 100 on the northwest side. Gigax sold the company in 1981 to Jasper, Indiana-based Kimball Piano Company who consolidated the operation to a massive showroom at 86th Street and Allisonville Road. That venture closed in 1995. Richard Gigax went on to found Meridian Music, which continues to do business in Carmel.