Indiana World War Memorial Plaza

Bounded by St. Clair, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Meridian Sts., Indianapolis, Indiana


Indiana War Memorial

Photo taken by Michael Miller on November 21, 2016

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)



Street Views 


This is a nationally distinguished commemorative tribute to the state's heroes who have fought and suffered or died in war; additionally, it is the national headquarters of the American Legion, the largest organization of veterans. The American Legion, formed in 1919 by veterans of World War I, quickly became a large and influential organization, its activities touching on every aspect of the welfare of veterans and their relatives, including efforts to influence America's foreign policy and defense posture. The district's plan present dramatically the realization of the city planning concepts of classical formality and grand monumental scale envisioned by city planners, architects, and artists in the City Beautiful movement of the early 20th century. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, October 11, 1994

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 25, 1989
Reference number
Architectural styles
Modern Movement: Art Deco; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Art; Community Planning and Development
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Plaza; Civic; Work of art (sculpture, carving, rock art)
Current functions
Plaza; Civic; Work of art (sculpture, carving, rock art)
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924
Significant years
1924; 1926; 1929
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 3
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • November 28, 2016: New photo from Michael Miller