Last night was my second visit to the Indiana Landmarks Center.
I went to hear a presentation by the architect and engineer responsible
for the restoration of Victory, the statue atop the Indianapolis
Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. I was surprised to find that the
talk was also an AIA continuing education program.
I took a seat below the rotunda just so I could take the picture above.
The top picture was taken during the day and shows the ceiling's white
paint with gold trim. When it was restored, lighting was installed
to allow for changes according to the kind of event or
wishes of the client. Last night, it was pink and gold although
I'd also seen blue and green. The painted decoration is a neutral scheme
which seems to adapt well to whichever lighting is selected.
This is the main entrance to the ILC's Cook Grand Theater,
made up of three doors, the one shown being the largest.
Painstaking attention was paid to the entire building,
with a lot of effort going into the restoration of the
pipe organ, built in 1892 by Thomas Prentiss Sanborn.
The main sanctuary of the former Central Avenue Methodist Church
has been rechristened as the Cook Grand Theater and is available
for meetings, concerts and weddings. (Anybody up for a pink and gold
wedding with a beautiful pipe organ to provide the music?)
Sadly, not many pictures I took last night of the speakers
were any good, but here is Tory Emery, the project
engineer in charge of Victory's restoration. She is employed by
Arsee Engineers, Incorporated of Fishers Indiana, which has
long experience in the preservation of historic buildings.
Anybody got a statue they want shifted for repairs?