New life for Old City Hall 

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
  • 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


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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TURF: IDADA Art Pavilion opening night (slideshow)

TURF, IDADA's installation art pavilion, opened with a ticketed party Jan. 13. The pavilion remains open — and free — through the Super Bowl.

By Daniel Axler

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Rebecca Townsend served as NUVO news editor from May 2011 to August 2014. During a 20-plus year career, her bylines have appeared in publications ranging from Indiana AgriNews to the Wall Street Journal. Her undergraduate degree is in sociology and anthropology from Earlham College, and her master's is in journalism... more

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