BMO Plaza

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BMO Plaza
M&I Plaza.jpg
Former names
  • First Indiana Plaza (1988–2008)
  • M&I Plaza (2008–2011)
General information
Status Complete
Type Offices
Location 135 N. Pennsylvania St.
Town or city Indianapolis, Indiana
Country United States
Coordinates 39°46′10.15″N 86°09′20.5″W / 39.7694861°N 86.155694°W / 39.7694861; -86.155694Coordinates: 39°46′10.15″N 86°09′20.5″W / 39.7694861°N 86.155694°W / 39.7694861; -86.155694
Construction started 1986[1]
Completed 1988[2]
Cost $60 million[1]
Roof 401 ft (122 m)
Technical details
Structural system Steel beam with composite concrete and metal deck
Floor count 28[3]
Floor area 673,000 square feet (62,500 m2)
Lifts/elevators 10[4]
Design and construction
Architecture firm 3D International (Houston, Texas)
Developer Phillip R. Duke and Associates
Main contractor Duke Construction
Other information
Parking 390 spaces on levels 2-6 & basement

BMO Plaza, formerly the M&I Plaza,[3] is a high-rise office building located at 135 North Pennsylvania Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was completed in 1988 and is currently the sixth-tallest building in the city, at 401 ft (122 m) with 28 stories.[6] It is primarily used for office space. At 432,300 square feet (40,160 m2), BMO Plaza is the ninth-largest office building downtown, according to IBJ statistics. Tenants include BMO Harris Bank, U.S. Department of Defense, and General Electric Capital Services.[7]


The building was developed as First Indiana Plaza by Indianapolis-based Phillip R. Duke and Associates and construction was started in mid 1986 following the demolition of the seven-story Denison Parking garage on the site.[1] When the building opened in April 1988, it served as the headquarters of the First Indiana Federal Savings Bank, the building's major tenant.[2]

In September 2008, the building was renamed M&I Plaza following the acquisition of First Indiana by Marshall & Ilsley Corporation earlier that year.[8] Three years later, the building changed name a second time to BMO Plaza.[9]

During the late nineteenth century, the building site had been the home of the Denison Hotel.[10]

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  1. ^ a b c Wildey, Morris P. (May 13, 1986). "City skyline gains 2 towers: Construction set to begin on Ohio Street buildings". Indianapolis Star. p. 1 – via (Subscription required (help)). Phillip R. Duke and Associates officially announced that it will develop a 400-foot, 28-story office building at the southeast corner of Ohio and Pennsylvania streets. It will be the new headquarters of First Indiana Federal Savings Bank. Construction will begin June 2... the new $60-million building... will be called First Indiana Plaza. The new structure will be the third-tallest building in the city, behind the American United Life building and Indiana National Bank Tower. First Indiana Plaza will drop to fourth, however, when American Fletcher builds its 48-story headquarters on the southwest corner of Ohio and Pennsylvania streets... To make way for the First Indiana Plaza, Duke will buy and tear down a seven-story Denison Parking garage at 135 N. Pennsylvania Street.
  2. ^ a b "First Indiana Plaza a half-hearted fortress". Indianapolis Star. April 10, 1988. p. 98 – via (Subscription required (help)). The latest skyscraper to open for business is the 28-story First Indiana Plaza. Designed by 3DI of Houston, the tower rates a solid "B." It commands the southwest corner of Ohio and Pennsylvania streets with authority. Set approachably close to the street, the grand entrance rises upon pillars of a dark, warm granite.
  3. ^ a b Olson, Scott (October 6, 2015). "BMO Plaza latest downtown office building to hit market". Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  4. ^ "BMO Plaza". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  5. ^ "BMO Plaza Brochure" (PDF). Retrieved November 12, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "BMO Plaza". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  7. ^ Olson, Scott (April 6, 2016). "Chicago firm pays $40M for downtown office tower". Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  8. ^ Schouten, Cory (September 29, 2008). "M&I sign appears atop skyscraper". Indianapolis Business Journal.
  9. ^ "BMO Lights Up the Indianapolis Skyline". PR Newswire (Press release). February 3, 2012.
  10. ^ Hostetler, Joan (July 21, 2011). "Then and Now: Denison Hotel 135 N. Pennsylvania Street". Historic Indianapolis.

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