ILHB 75th Anniversary
The Indiana State Library will host a reception celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Indiana Library and Historical Buildingon December 11, 2009. This free public event will begin at 1:00 p.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. in the Library's Great Hall. Refreshments and dessert will be served to all in attendance.
The Indiana Library and Historical Building is one of the most significant works of Pierre & Wright, an important architectural firm in Indianapolis during the second quarter of the 20th century. Its distinctive architecture combines Neo-Classical features with Art Deco detailing. While the General Assembly established a State Library in 1825 at the Statehouse, the need for a separate building was so great that materials were being stored in hallways of the capitol. In 1929, the Assembly raised a special tax to fund construction. The project became one of few underway in the city during the dark early years of the Great Depression, when construction began in 1932.
The Indiana limestone façade of the building is Classical in style, but with strong Art Deco influences. Throughout the construction of the building every effort was made to use Indiana materials. The exterior is of Indiana limestone; on the interior, much use has been made of the Monte Cassina sandstone from St. Meinrad Abbey, and all of the interior woodwork and much of the furniture is of Indiana walnut.