I think I forgot to mention the name of their rapid transit system is IndyGo. Cute.
While we were walking last night, a line of teeny-bopper girls circled the Indiana Repertory Theater (IRT). We had no idea what was going on because the marquee didn't list a show. Bob asked some of the girls walking by what was happening at the IRT. They told him it was Taylor Caniff, you know, he twitters and is on The Vine. Who? Boy, we are out of touch. Had to look him up. From what I could see, he's an 18-year-old boy who takes a lot of photos of himself. As far as we can tell, he doesn't sing. Unusual.
|Waiting to see Taylor Caniff|
|The line snakes around the building|
The current state Capitol is the third building used as the capital. The first was the Marion County Courthouse. The second, a State House, was built in 1835 at a cost of $60,000. In 1867 the ceiling of the House Chamber collapsed and the damage was repaired. That building was demolished before construction of the present building.
In 1878, construction on the current Capitol was begun. Budget was not to exceed $2,000,000. Construction continued until 1888 and completed at a cost of $1,980,969.18. Materials used in construction are limestone (from Indiana), marble, steel, brick and mortar. Columns on the 2nd (main), 3rd and 4th floors are marble from the eastern United States. The eight columns in the Rotunda are granite from Maine. The floors and steps are marble. Most of the wood in the building is white oak from Indiana, although walnut and maple were also used.
The interior of the building has been remodeled many times, but in the 1980s an $11,000,000 restoration of public spaces was done. Let's go see...
The Rotunda has a stained-glass dome which is 72' in diameter and rises 105' above the floor. Surrounding this dome is the large dome you see from outside. Atop the large dome is a smaller one. It is 235' to the top of the small dome.
|Rotunda's stained-glass dome|
|Small dome on top of larger one|
|Agriculture and Commerce statues|
|Justice and Liberty statues|
|Beautiful hand-stenciled painting adorns walls and ceilings|
|House Chamber with chandelier and mural.|
The fourth floor has the most gorgeous arches. I took photos with Bob in them so you can see how high the ceilings are. You may have to enlarge the photos to find him.
|Fourth floor with original light fixtures.|
|Do you see Bob in the red shirt??|
Our Volksmarch started at the White River State Park Visitor Center. At the car I debated whether or not to wear my coat. It was chilly, but I thought I'd warm up when we started walking so I left it in the car.
After checking in, and with walk instructions firmly in hand, we set out to see what we missed yesterday. First, we missed the man-made waterfalls by the NCAA HQ building.
|NCAA Hall of Champions|
|Steam clock in front of Indiana State Museum|
The canal has pedal boats for rent and also offers gondola rides in the summertime. Even though it looks like a ghost town now, I'm sure plenty of people come to the canal in summer. Speaking of the weather...it kept getting windier and chillier. Sure wish I had brought my coat. A sweatshirt just wasn't warm enough.
|Paddeboats on the canal|
|More art along the canal under the bridges.|
|Pretty flower art.|
|Apartments along the canal.|
|Here's photo of a goldfish for Mom.|
|Goofy "fish-lips" kiss.|
|What is this building?|
|Atrium connects old library to new library.|
|Bob looking comfy in The Learning Curve area.|
|American Legion Mall|
|National Headquarters of American Legion|
|Veterans Memorial Plaza|
|Indiana World War Memorial|
|Detail on Indiana World War Memorial|
|Old National Centre - Murat Theater|
|Historic Athenaeum Building houses YMCA, Rathskeller Bar|
|Soldiers' and sailors' monument|
|Another shot of the Marriott building.|
The more we see and learn in each of these cities, the more we want to see and learn! I'm sure we'll be going back to Indianapolis.
Travel Bug out.