Indy Instameet: July 2013

The Indy Instameet for July 2013 focused on the northern half of the elegant Indiana World War Memorial Plaza. We spent the first part of the meet at the Obelisk Square, taking some fun group photos…. and videos.

Group Shot from #circlecitysesh07 Photo posted on @igersindy. Yes, that is me, second from the right, crazy jumping in the air!
Group Shot from #circlecitysesh07 Photo posted on @igersindy. Yes, I am second from the right – the crazy looking person jumping in the air!
Old contrasted with new. Obelisk and fountain with the Minton-Capehart Federal Building.
Old contrasted with new. Obelisk and fountain with the Minton-Capehart Federal Building. Taken with Hipstamatic Americana pack.

At this point in the meet, it was still a little gloomy and a few sprinkles threatened to rain on our meet. But, we kept on ‘grammin and eventually made our way to the World War Memorial. I’ve never really been able to appreciate taking photos from the balcony of the Memorial, so I was able to snag some great photos of the surrounding historic buildings.

The Obelisk Square and Library aligned with the World War Memorial. Viewing north. Taken with Hipstamatic Americana pack.
The Obelisk Square and Library aligned with the World War Memorial. Viewing north. Taken with Hipstamatic Americana pack.
I love this group of historic buildings in downtown Indianapolis, as seen from the balcony of the World War Memorial. From L to R: Indianapolis Athletic Club, The Blacherne, and Vermont Place.
I love this group of historic buildings in downtown Indianapolis, as seen from the balcony of the World War Memorial. From L to R: Indianapolis Athletic Club, The Blacherne, and Vermont Place.

From the Memorial, we headed up to the cenotaph located at the northern end of the plaza. As described by the National Park Service:

A black granite cenotaph is located in the center of the sunken garden… The Walker & Weeks design was completed in 1930 and features a raised black granite symbolic tomb with bronze cover but without any remains in the tomb. James Bethal Gresham, whose name is inscribed on the north face of the cenotaph, was the first member of the American Expeditionary Force to be killed in action. Four Art Deco-style black granite columns flank the tomb, topped by gold-leafed bronze eagles.

One of my favorites from the meet - the Scottish Rite peeking through the trees, as as seen from the cenotaph.
One of my favorites from the meet – the Scottish Rite peeking through the trees, as as seen from the cenotaph.

Troy (@redblueox) staged a fun video at the cenotaph that you can view over here.

Our meet took us into the Indianapolis-Marion County Central Library. Even though I go to this building on a very regular basis, I captured some new views and explored some new spaces.

The atrium supports as viewed from the 5th Floor Escalator.
The atrium supports as viewed from the 5th Floor Escalator.
The Indianapolis Skyline reflected in the roof of the atrium at the Central Library.
The Indianapolis Skyline reflected in the roof of the atrium at the Central Library.

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