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Property Name Indianapolis Athletic Club
Reference Number 15000887
State Indiana
County Marion
Town Indianapolis
Street Address 350 N. Meridian St.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/15/2015
Areas of Significance ENTERTAINMENT/RECREATION, SOCIAL HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000887.pdf
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The Indianapolis Athletic Club, completed 1924, meets Criterion A for its close association with social and sports history of Indianapolis. The club held a leading role for fostering athletic excellence in swimming, basketball, and racquet sports for middle class and wealthy families of the Circle City and the State of Indiana. Included in its many accolades is its close association with the careers of multiple Olympic swimmers. The club's unique role as official off-track social hub of the Indianapolis 500 bridged the gap between sports and social activities. As with many such private clubs around the United States, the I.A.C. was important social place for downtown businessmen to conduct meetings and meet important contacts. In politics, the I.A.C. was wellknown as an unofficial center for local Democratic Party leaders to meet and strategize. The Indianapolis Athletic Club meets Criterion C. In its design, leading local architect Robert Frost Daggett used brick, Indiana limestone, and Lucca Della Robbia blue glazed architectural terra cotta to create one of the city's finest examples of Italian Renaissance Revival architecture. Though reconfigured to condominium units in 2005, the I.A.C. still retains nearly all of its exterior integrity, and enough key spaces on its interior to convey its historical role and architectural significance.

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