This weekend, we went on a tour hosted by Indiana Landmarks of the Historic Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Indianapolis, one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in the state. It was a lot of fun – and exciting to see that the currently abandoned building is going to be repurposed – with MUCH of the interior remaining intact. You can read a little more about the plant and its future HERE and HERE! We’ve always wanted to go inside, and we missed getting tickets to a tour in the fall, but since it was so popular, they did another one this weekend, and we jumped at the chance!
Here are some significant facts about the building, taken from Architecture Indiana:
Coca Cola Bottling Company, 1931
858-868 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46204
Architect/Designer: Rubush & Hunter
There are two main structures within the complex, the main bottling plant and a garage. The buildings within the complex feature facades of white, glazed terra cotta. The terra cotta design features various details such as chevrons, sunbursts and elaborate spandrels. Throughout the structures are decorative pilasters and copper details, even along the loading dock canopies. These exquisite structures have remained in excellent condition, in large part due to their continued use as part of the Indianapolis Public School system. The Coca Cola Bottling Company has remained an art deco icon in Indianapolis and hopefully will continue to be fully utilized as a lasting architectural masterpiece.
SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT – INCLUDING SPECIAL STATUS AND AWARDS WON:
One of the finest examples of art deco architecture in Indianapolis the Coca Cola Bottling Company is largely unaltered from its original appearance. At one time the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottling plant, the complex takes up an entire city block.
I’m posting a LOT of pictures, but I really couldn’t edit because I wanted you to see everything. But there won’t be a lot to read, so it’ll just be a fun pictorial tour!
It was so great to have Indiana Landmarks facilitate a tour – we are so glad we went!