Athenaeum (Das Deutsche Haus)

Also known as: Das Deutsche Haus
401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, Indiana


Historic American Buildings Survey PHOTOCOPY OF HISTORIC VIEW

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey


Street View 


The building is an example of German cultural and architectural influences in the midwest during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Romanesque architectural forms are used on the exterior of the first phase of the building, Renaissance on the exterior of the second, but the whole is unified in massing, scale, and materials. The building served as the center of German cultural activity, especially for the Turnverein or gymnastic club. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS IN-63)

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 21, 1973 and designated a National Historic Landmark on October 31, 2016.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 21, 1973
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Renaissance; Other architectural type; German Romanesque
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
Levels of significance
State; Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1893; 1898


19th Century (38,126)
Brick (42,466)
Building (4,491)
Built 1893 (608)
Built during 1890s (7,695)
Have Street View (50,477)
Indiana (2,180)
Indianapolis, Indiana (232)
Marion County, Indiana (262)
National Historic Landmark (2,198)
Private owner (54,402)
Renaissance (1,333)
Stone (26,167)
Victorian (19,703)
Vonnegut & Bohn (3)

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2017: Updated by Michael Miller: Updated "Description" & "NRHP Status"
  • June 22, 2012: New Street View added by wdzinc
  • May 19, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER