Monday, June 20, 2011

Tours of Former Central Avenue Methodist Church

Indiana Landmarks offers free one-hour tours of the recently opened Indiana Landmarks Center every Friday and Saturday on the hour from noon to 2 p.m.

Located at 12th Street and Central Avenue in Indianapolis’s Old Northside, Indiana Landmarks Center occupies the 120-year-old former Central Avenue Methodist Church.

The late Hoosier businessman and preservationist Bill Cook and his family funded more than $16 million of the nearly $20 million restoration and adaptation.

The one-hour tours highlight the history of the church, its influence on the city, and the restoration that adapted the three-building complex as theaters, reception halls, gallery and offices.

The free tours start in the lobby of Indiana Landmarks Center on the hour, beginning at noon, with the last tour leaving at 2 p.m. Reservations are not required for the tours, which will run through October.

To learn more about the tour of Indiana Landmarks Center and other tours offered by Indiana Landmarks, contact Gwendolen Raley, 317:639-4534 or 800:450-4534.

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