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 US
City-County Building (Indianapolis)
City-County Building (Indianapolis) (the US)
General information
Status Complete
Type Government offices
Location 200 East Washington Street,
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Coordinates 39°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 started 1959; 59 years ago (1959)
Completed 1962; 56 years ago (1962)
Cost $22 million
Owner Indianapolis–Marion County Building Authority
Roof 372 ft (113 m)
Technical details
Floor count 28
Floor area 734,447 sq ft (68,232.4 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Wright, Porteous & Lowe/Bonar; Lennox, Matthews, Simmons & Ford, Inc.
Structural engineer J. 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]

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  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. 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. 

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