Indiana S & S Monument

For those that do not know, Indianapolis and Marion county are one and the same, nearly 400 square miles. For the sake of variety I will place old buildings of interest in the various small towns and communities. The Downtown area will comprise  mostly the original "Mile Square".

This category will not be as large as one might first think, as so many fine old buildings have been destroyed in the name of "Progress". If you are well off and love sports, you will have no problem with this. Otherwise you will feel as I do....a bit depressed when visiting and a bit angry at those that are after prestige and money but should know better than to throw away the beautiful irreplaceable heritage of everyone else.

Because of this I will be showing more "Detail" views of what we have left. There may not be any rhyme or reason in the presentation but I will try to maintain a semblance of  order by the adding and moving of material from time to time....by hand.

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Soldiers & Sailors monument in Indianapolis

Soldiers & Sailors Monument

A monument in the heart of the city to the fallen Civil War heroes of Indiana. It was proposed in 1887 and construction started shortly after. It was completed in 1901 and dedicated in 1902.

It is built of Indiana limestone from Owen county and stands 284.5 feet high. With it's theme of "War & Peace" the monument includes many relief and free standing sculptures of various personage, meaning and placement.

This view taken from about 30 feet north of Washington street is looking to the north. Notice that "Victory" atop the monument is facing toward the South. This view was taken on September 5, 2010


During the early years of Indianapolis, the circle area has served for several purposes including...nothing. It was once the location of the Governor's mansion which didn't last long as it was dark and dank and the Governor's wife wasn't about to display her wash in front of the public.

It has also served as a park and at one time the fire department was located toward the north....until it burned down!

I remember and cherish the thoughts and feelings I had when first hearing of and seeing the monument for the first time and especially of the climbing to the top. It was more interesting in the "Old" days and besides...you saved a dime!


Soldiers & Sailor's monument in Indianapolis

Soldiers & Sailor's Monument

Let's start at the top and work our way downward. I have always felt  that a view featuring "Victory", the observation deck, eagles and the date band or "Astragal" completed the top.


I can remember when this was the tallest structure in Indianapolis and someone telling me how people looked like ants and how tiny the cars and buses appeared.

Now what once was the pride of the city....can scarcely be seen. Now city planners should have had the sense of not putting any buildings taller then the monument within the four city blocks surrounding it. I thought so then and still do. But then....there is the money...always the money.


Soldiers & Sailor's monument in Indianapolis

Miss "Victory"

Here she is atop the monument a beautiful sculpture looking to the South.  I wouldn't be surprised if many people even know what or who is standing up there much less what she looks like.

I have done two drawings of her, the last was done in ink using the "Pointalistic" style of drawing. I used many very small dots of ink to achieve the fine detail.


The tiny wire that is seen toward the base keeps her from falling off.......


just wanted to see if you were 'doing' the reading!

Eagles

Beautiful eagle sculptures.....even though they are over 200 feet above the ground! Things aren't done the way they used to be when it comes to pride and design.


Date Band

The bronze date band or "Astragal", designed by George Brewster. A lot of thought and design for something 200 feet up!

Southside Astragal

I'm not sure about this astragal that faces the south. The bronze  and stone work well together.

Honor the Silent Victors

This is located below the astragal shown above.

Statute to the Infantry

One of two free standing figures on the south side, this one representing the infantry is to the left.

Soldiers & Sailor's monument in Indianapolis

Statute to the Scout

The other stature on the south side toward the right. This concludes the closeup images of the south side of the monument.

I have many more photos of the monument to show....it will just take time so please come back and visit.

 
 

 

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