City-County Building Observatory, Indianapolis

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The City-County Building is a 28-story building at 200 E. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana that houses the offices of the consolidated city-county government of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, known as Unigov, in its 665,534 square feet of office space. It also houses the Marion County Courts and headquarters of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Indianapolis City-County Council. The office of the Mayor of Indianapolis is on the top floor of the building.
The building opened in 1962 after two years of construction, at a cost of $22 million. The City-County Building was the first building in the city to be taller than the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, and was the tallest building in the city until 1970.
Prior to its construction, Marion County offices were located in the Marion County Courthouse, which stood on what is now the plaza on the south side of the City-County Building; the courthouse was demolished upon completion of the latter. Indianapolis city offices were located in the Indianapolis City Hall. Before you head to Indianapolis, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Indianapolis online tour planner, to make sure you see all that Indianapolis has to offer, including City-County Building Observatory.
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  • This is a hidden gem in the city. Not many tourists have reason to visit the City-County Building, and there is almost no promotion. Since it is a government building, you will have to go through a.....  more
    This is a hidden gem in the city. Not many tourists have reason to visit the City-County Building, and there is almost no promotion. Since it is a government building, you will have to go through a.....  more »
  • I found this online and thought it was too good to be true. We asked the security guard before we went through the screening. You take the freight elevator up to the 26th floor. There is an... 
    I found this online and thought it was too good to be true. We asked the security guard before we went through the screening. You take the freight elevator up to the 26th floor. There is an...  more »
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  • I work here. Masks are required. Elevators are separated between public and employers in center tower. Make sure to allow for extra time during busy periods.

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