Circle Tower entrance

Circle Tower entrance
Pentax ME, 50mm f/1.4 SMC Pentax-M
Agfa APX 100 (expired 7/1998)

Circle Tower is my favorite building on Monument Circle in Indianapolis. This Art Deco beauty, completed in 1930, was designed by Indianapolis architectural firm Rubush & Hunter.

Last year a firm bought the building to convert the unoccupied offices to coworking space, complete with lightning-fast Internet and craft beer on tap.

I haven’t been inside this building in at least 25 years,  not since a restaurant called Del Frisco’s used to occupy one of the upper floors. It was a favorite place. On special occasions I’d drive all the way from Terre Haute, bringing friends along for a good meal.


8 responses to “single frame: Circle Tower entrance”

  1. Photobooth Journal Avatar

    I hope the conversion was sensitive to the architectural heritage of the building. The entrance is gorgeous.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      This is just a stunning building. Check it:

      1. Photobooth Journal Avatar

        Drats. The link isn’t working!

      2. Photobooth Journal Avatar

        Strike that! I tried again and it worked.

        Yes, it is stunning and reminds me of some mud brick pyramids I visited in Peru. The bridge after that photo was really stunning too!

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Oh! I found another shot, of the whole building.

          That bridge is the Indianapolis Artsgarden, a structure suspended over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets in our city’s Downtown.

          1. Photobooth Journal Avatar

            Thanks Jim. I prefer your shot. It loses some of the impact when one sees tha more standard lower proportions. It is still a very cool piece of architecture, of course!

  2. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    I was trying to figure out the odd distortion in the color picture when I realized that the building is curved. I suppose the name should have been a good clue.

    Just now looking on streetview, I think a person could spend a lot of time photographing things within a few blocks there. It is interesting that the capitol building is not really a focal point downtown.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yes, curved — all the buildings on the Circle are curved along the Circle’s contour.

      The Circle really is the heart of Indy, and the Statehouse takes a second seat a few blocks away.

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