Barnes and Thornburg Building

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Barnes and Thornburg Building
Merchants National Bank, Indianapolis.jpg
Barnes and Thornburg Building viewed from the northwest
General information
Type Offices
Location 11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
Completed 1912
Roof 245 ft (75 m)
Technical details
Floor count


Merchants National Bank and Annex
Barnes and Thornburg Building is located in Indiana
Barnes and Thornburg Building
Location 11 S. Meridian St. and 7 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana
Coordinates 39°46′0″N 86°9′29″W / 39.76667°N 86.15806°W / 39.76667; -86.15806Coordinates: 39°46′0″N 86°9′29″W / 39.76667°N 86.15806°W / 39.76667; -86.15806
Area 1.8 acres
Built 1907
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 82000066[1]
Added to NRHP February 19, 1982

The Barnes and Thornburg Building is a high rise in Indianapolis, Indiana originally known as the Merchants National Bank Building. In 1905 that bank engaged the architectural firm of D. H. Burnham & Company of Chicago to design a new bank headquarters on the southeastern corner of the Washington and Meridian streets, the most important intersection in Indianapolis. Initial occupancy of the lower floors took place in 1908, while the upper floors were not completed until 1912.[2]

Daniel Burnham was one of the architects associated with the Chicago School. He designed the Merchants Bank Building using Louis Sullivan's formula of base, shaft, and capital. The base, consisting of the first floor and mezzanine, is of Indiana limestone. The shaft is of red brick, while the attic floor capital has profuse Classical moldings of terra cotta.[2]

The 17 floors are used primarily for office space. The building and its annex at 7 E. Washington Street were added to National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Its current owner and primary occupant is the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP.

Most of the first floor was, until 2011, most recently occupied by a Borders Book Store.[3]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "IMerchants National Bank Building". National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Indianapolis - Downtown". Borders Group. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 

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