HANDS DOWN, THIS IS ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS WE'VE EVER DONE.
Invade Old City Hall with people and ideas, creating a space for the City's PLAN 2020 effort.
(Indy's Department of Metropolitan Development thought of this one!)
An amazing space where the public can see the planning of our city unfold in real time. Galleries, a conference room, a historic atrium, and a massive studio space showcase the future of Indianapolis transit, planning, zoning, and greenspace.
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The Hall is a space for the people of Indianapolis to explore the city's future development plans, visions, and strategies. Sitting vacant for the past several years, the temporary reuse of City Hall was conceived by Adam Thies, Director of the Department of Metropolitan Development. Adam reached out to People for Urban Progress to redesign the space using upcycled resources, many of which were pulled directly from the building. Additional work was performed by the Building Authority, with financial support provided by the The Indianapolis Foundation (an Affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation) and The City of Indianapolis.
Built in 1909, City Hall was heralded as " 'magificent,'a commodious, comfortable home,' 'well appointed and remarkably elegant and convenient... in every way." Thomas L. Sullivan, mayor from 1891-1893, summed it up by saying, "Just put in all the adjectives you think of. It is certainly magnificently complete." Since then, the building has been beaten up, serving both as the Indiana State Museum and the Interim Central Library. PUP's work, in conjunction with DMD and the Plan 2020 Team, aims to restore the spirit of City Hall as a place centered around people, ideas, and urban innovation.