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New life for Old City Hall

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The 1,500-pound limestone eagle sculpture, shattered as a crew hung a poster for the TURF art show at the Old City Hall during the Super Bowl, is once again whole thanks to the artisans at Accent Limestone and Carving. At 7 a.m. on Thursday, a crane will restore the bird to its perch. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Rebecca Townsend
  • The 1,500-pound limestone eagle sculpture, shattered as a crew hung a poster for the TURF art show at the Old City Hall during the Super Bowl, is once again whole thanks to the artisans at Accent Limestone and Carving. At 7 a.m. on Thursday, a crane will restore the bird to its perch.


Built in 1909 as the home for city government until IndyGov moved to the City-County Building in the Sixties, Old City Hall has also served as a home to the Indiana State Museum and the Indianapolis Public Library's main branch. Now a new initiative is working to bring the building back into service on behalf of the city's cultural life.

Five planners have taken up residence at Old City Hall and each is in charge of one of the following themes that will serve as elemental building blocks to Plan 2020, a long-range comprehensive bi-centennial planning effort for Indianapolis: Live Indy, Love Indy, Work Indy, Serve Indy and Connect Indy.

In addition, the building is also open to the public from 8 a.m. -5 p.m., both as gallery space that will highlight current projects and community-based initiatives and as public meeting space for groups working on projects aimed at improving Indy's quality of life. For information on using the space, email Alex.Miser@indy.gov.



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