Roosevelt Building, 9 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN
Significance: The Roosevelt Building is the work of one of Indianapolis' most famous, prolific and creative architectural firms, Vonnegut, Bohn & Mueller. Founded in 1888 as Vonnegut & Bohn and later included engineer O.N. Mueller, this local firm designed residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings throughout the city of Indianapolis. The Roosevelt Building was designed and constructed in 1922. It is one of a series of skyscrapers constructed in post-Victorian downtown Indianapolis, clad with the popular architectural material of terra cotta. With the classical ornamental vocabulary and Chicago Commercial Style verticality, the tall, narrow Roosevelt Building has contributed to the urban character and fabric of the Indianapolis downtown.
Survey number: HABS IN-215