Among the thousands of people who crisscross the popular City Market in Indianapolis, very few are aware that just beneath their feet are miles of interconnected tunnels, constructed more than a hundred years ago.
Both a ruin and a redevelopment opportunity, the Market Street Catacombs are the last remains of Tomlinson Hall, a once imposing building whose main hall seated 3,500 people. Designed by Dietrich Bohlen, also responsible for the Indiana Landmarks’ Morris-Butler House, Tomlinson Hall was built in 1886 and was meant to complement Bohlen's earlier work at City Market. The building burned in a great blaze in January of 1958, turning Market Street into an icy lake as firefighters struggled to battle the flames. The city took down the remains later that year, but the vast basement of Romanesque brick arches were left intact.
Join Indiana Landmarks at the Indianapolis City Market for a tour of a truly unusual hidden site as we head underground this Obscura Day to explore the Market Street Catacombs.
Saturday, May 30; half hour tours departing at 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00am
Ticket Cost: $12
Meet-up will be at the west plaza of the Indianapolis City Market
222 E. Market Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
Please arrive early for your tour time, all attendees are REQUIRED to sign a waiver prior to departure.