Working on both the Michigan and National Roads

My new office is on Washington Street in Downtown Indianapolis — the only place where the Michigan Road and the National Road share an alignment.

My desk is on the 12th floor. Here’s the view from the nearest window, after a violent storm passed through. That’s the City-County Building at left, and the city’s new bus terminal at right. Between them, the National Road is headed east and the Michigan Road is headed south.

A portion of the roof is set up like a patio with outdoor furniture. Here’s the view towards Monument Circle at the heart of Indianapolis. The Monument itself rises above the Circle Tower building near lower left.

I’ve already taken a couple Downtown photo walks on my lunch hour. After I’ve fully settled into the new job I expect I’ll take many more.

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8 responses to “Working on both the Michigan and National Roads”

  1. J P Avatar

    A nice view from your window. When I was downtown in the 90s I was almost exactly one block north on Market. I wish I had photographed my 8th floor view that looked out over the City Market and at Market Square Arena (which is of course no longer there).

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I worked in the Gold Building in 1996-7, on the 17th floor, in a corner office believe it or not, looking out over the Eastside and down on the giant Reggie Miller on MSA. I, too, wish I’d photographed the view. Even more I wish I’d photographed Mass Ave, which was just starting to change to become what it is today.

  2. DougD Avatar

    Nice view, how old is the building? Looks 1950’s to me? A bit generic but certainly better than the Bennett building across the street. I love google maps :)

    Are there any transit options for your commute or is it a straight up North American one person one car drive in?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Couldn’t tell you how old the building is. No older than the 1950s I’d guess. The building across the street used to look like this:

      It was extensively reskinned maybe 10 years ago!

  3. M.B. Henry Avatar

    What a nice view! Love the rainbow

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s nice to be Downtown!

  4. Sam Avatar

    Cool shot!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


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