OLD CITY HALL REOPENS AS TEMPORARY URBAN PLANNING HUB
The Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) announced today the grand reopening of downtown’s historic Old City Hall. After standing vacant for six years, the classic limestone building is once again open to the public, this time as The Hall: an urban planning hub for Indianapolis.
DMD’s long-range planning department will occupy space on the first floor of The Hall to conduct Plan 2020: The Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis. The city decided to breathe new life into the historic building instead of finding a new facility for this initiative.
To help make that idea a reality, DMD tapped People for Urban Progress (PUP) to redesign and retrofit the space, as well as design The Hall's visual brand. “Repurposing forgotten resources for public benefit is at the heart of what we do,” said Jonathan Allinson, PUP’s Director of Operations + Development. The Fountain Square-based nonprofit is known for giving new life to the RCA Dome roof and Bush Stadium seats.
With funding from the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, PUP was able to redesign The Hall with mostly found and reused materials. Old doors and lockers became desks. Ceiling tiles became bulletin boards.
“Over 90 percent of the furniture and equipment in The Hall is reused or repurposed in some way. We scoured this building and city for resources,” Allinson explained. “The end result is one that is well-designed, environmentally responsible, cost-efficient and connects the public to the city planning process in an exciting way.”
In addition to workspace for the planners, The Hall is open to the public. The building features gallery bays that will display various city-related plans and initiatives and a lounge area that will educate visitors and encourage them to contribute their own ideas to the future of Indianapolis. Visit www.plan2020.com for more information.