Built to replace the first Union Station in the United States, meaning that the tracks and facilities were usable by all railroad companies. This immense Romanesque Revival structure helped Indianapolis become second only to Chicago as a hub of railroad traffic in the Midwestern United States.
- It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
- Closed for use as a railroad station in 1979 and subsequently redeveloped (Woollen Molzan & Partners) as a retail, dining, entertainment, and meeting facility. The facility closed again in 1997. Beginning in 2002, some of the building's space was used to house a charter school.
- The train shed to the west currently operates as a hotel and includes 13 hotel suites in restored Pullman Train Cars.
National Park Service Union Station National Register Site When I first visited Union Station it was a revitalized center of Indianapolis. New life was being drawn into down town. Since then, Circle Center Mall has open, just to the north and all of the shops and business' have moved over there. Today, the station continues as a hotel, but you no longer have the chance to walk the hallways and visit the tracks and platforms. Even in their renovated shape to house shops, you could still feel the bustle of business about you from it's hay days.
Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 49.1966.1
Title: Home of Charles Warren Fairbanks May 11,1852 - June 4, 1918
Marker Text: Prominent lawyer of Indianapolis; Keynote convention speaker, 1896; United States Senator, 1897-1905; Vice-President of the United States, 1905-1909; and Vice-Presidential candidate in 1916.
Credit Line: Erected by Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission, 1966
Directions: 30th & Meridian Streets, front lawn of gated establishment, Indianapolis.
Charles Fairbanks is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery
The brewpub fad has grown a bit tiresome now that anyone with a make-your-own beer kit thinks they can run run one, but this is one of the good one, and defintely worth stopping by if you're in Naptown. Great vibe in the bar and an excellent beer selection. Only one (small) TV so get your mates and enjoy good craic I didn't eat here but my friends did and they enjoyed it. The Scotch Egg make for excellent beer munchies!
I just saw the new indianapolis web site. I think it is good because it gives really good advice about what to do here. Even if you are only going to be here a short time, you can really cram a lot of stuff into one day. I would check out this web site, it is a lot better than others I have seen for other cities.
IMAX 3D Theater
As a major entertainment sector of the White River Park, the IMAX Theater uses movies nearly the size of buildings to wow and ah its customers. The films might include underwater sea life, trips to space, or trips to Antarctica, all of which are foreign to the normal person.
Most people are familiar with the idea of the IMAX Theater, and many have visited them, but the area, which the Indianapolis IMAX is located, sits above all the rest. After the movie you can spend time with family in an educational forum or in other entertainment sectors like the Indianapolis Zoo or the Eiteljorg Museum.
The cost is cheap and the movies are amazing, I would suggest seeing one of the films while in the area. Though words can only speak so much, I must admit I was a little hesitant in seeing a film also, but have returned many a time to see subsequent movies. Itýs great for kids and not bad to see by yourself either.