City-County Building (Indianapolis)

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City–County Building
City–County Building in 2017
City-County Building (Indianapolis) is located in Indianapolis
City-County Building (Indianapolis)
Location within Indianapolis
City-County Building (Indianapolis) is located in Indianapolis
City-County Building (Indianapolis)
City-County Building (Indianapolis) (Indianapolis)
City-County Building (Indianapolis) is located in Indiana
City-County Building (Indianapolis)
City-County Building (Indianapolis) (Indiana)
City-County Building (Indianapolis) is located in the United States
City-County Building (Indianapolis)
City-County Building (Indianapolis) (the United States)
General information
TypeGovernment offices
Location200 East Washington Street,
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Coordinates39°46′04.5″N 86°09′12.75″W / 39.767917°N 86.1535417°W / 39.767917; -86.1535417Coordinates: 39°46′04.5″N 86°09′12.75″W / 39.767917°N 86.1535417°W / 39.767917; -86.1535417
Construction started1959; 60 years ago (1959)
Completed1962; 57 years ago (1962)
Cost$22 million
OwnerIndianapolis–Marion County Building Authority
Roof372 ft (113 m)
Technical details
Floor count28
Floor area734,447 sq ft (68,232.4 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectWright, Porteous & Lowe/Bonar; Lennox, Matthews, Simmons & Ford, Inc.
Structural engineerJ. M. Rotz Engineering Co.

The City–County Building is a 28-story building at 200 East Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, that houses the offices of the consolidated city-county government of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, known as Unigov.


The building opened in 1962 after two years of construction,[1] at a cost of $22 million.[2] The City-County Building was the first building in the city to be taller than the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, and was the tallest building in the city until 1970.[1] The building's total floor area covers 734,447 sq ft (68,232.4 m2).[3]

Prior to its construction, Marion County offices were located in the Marion County Courthouse, which stood on what is now the plaza on the south side of the City–County Building; the courthouse was demolished upon completion of the latter. Indianapolis city offices were located in the Indianapolis City Hall.[4]


The City–County Building houses the Marion County Courts, headquarters of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Indianapolis City-County Council. The office of the Mayor of Indianapolis is on the twenty-fifth floor of the building.[5] An observation deck, open to the public, is accessible on the twenty-eighth floor of the building.[6]

Proposal to sell to private sector[edit]

In 2017, the city began the process to build a new criminal justice complex in the Twin Aire neighborhood that will open in 2021. As a result, there will be a large amount of empty space in the City-County Building. In 2018, the administration of Mayor Joe Hogsett began a process to determine how much office space the city-county government will require in the future, and where it should be located. One possibility is to sell the CCB to private developers and move some of the government offices to the Old Indianapolis City Hall. "Our offices struggle to reorganize around modern technology," Hogsett said. "Many of our offices are sized with the assumption records will be kept in rows and rows of filing cabinets. Why not? That's how they kept the records in 1960. That's how the (City-County Building) was built."[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "City-County Building, Indianapolis". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
  2. ^ Caldwell, Howard; Jones, Darryl (1990). Goodall, Kenneth (ed.). Indianapolis. Bloomington, Indiana, United States: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-32998-1. Retrieved 2008-12-25.
  3. ^ Olson, Scott (April 23, 2018). "Hogsett explores shopping City–County Building, other downtown properties for overhauls". Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Zeigler, Connie J. (1994). "City County Buildings". In Bodenhamer, David J.; Barrows, Robert G. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. pp. 429–430. ISBN 0-253-31222-1.
  5. ^ Price, Nelson (2004). Indianapolis Then & Now. San Diego, California: Thunder Bay Press. p. 38. ISBN 1-59223-208-6.
  6. ^ "Observation Deck". Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Briggs, James; Martin, Ryan (April 22, 2018). "Old City Hall could become Indianapolis' new city hall again". Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on 2018-04-22. Retrieved 22 August 2018.

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Preceded by
Indiana Statehouse
Tallest Building in Indianapolis
113 m
Succeeded by
One Indiana Square