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2020 Indianapolis City Market Catacombs Tours

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Indianapolis City Market, Whistler Plaza (West Wing closest to Delaware Street)

202 East Market Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Our guided tour of the Catacombs shows you a Roman-looking expanse of brick arches beneath the outdoor Whistler Plaza of City Market.

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Indianapolis City Market and Indiana Landmarks stage tours of an unusual site usually hidden from public view. Our guided tour of the Catacombs shows you a Roman-looking expanse of brick arches beneath the outdoor Whistler Plaza of City Market.

The Catacombs qualify as both a ruin and a redevelopment opportunity. They’re what remains of Tomlinson Hall, an imposing building whose main hall seated 3,500 people. Dietrich Bohlen designed the hall in 1886 to complement his earlier work at City Market. He also designed Indiana Landmarks’ Morris-Butler House. Tomlinson Hall burned in January 1958, turning Market Street into an icy lake as firefighters battled the blaze. The city took down the remains later that year. Our Catacombs don’t have bones or crypts—at least none that we know of—but rather scores of brick barrel-vaulted arches that remain from what was the basement of Tomlinson Hall.

Tours last approximately 30 minutes, departing from Whistler Plaza. Tours will occur rain or shine. In the event of bad weather, look for the tour check-in table inside the West Wing.

Please note: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 all tour participants must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose at all times. Walk-ups without reservations will not be accommodated, and the number of tickets available per time slot will be limited to allow for appropriate social distancing between individuals who have not isolated together.

If ticketholders feel ill or suspect they may be experiencing symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, we ask that they not attend a scheduled tour; Indiana Landmarks will refund the reservation or exchange the ticket for a later date. If you seek a refund for tickets purchased through Eventbrite, you will receive a full refund.

City Market Catacombs are musty, sometimes damp, and not accessible for all guests. The Catacombs feature a very rough, uneven dirt floor. The tour is not navigable for guests with walkers, canes, strollers, or wheelchairs. We recommend closed-toed shoes. Guests are required to sign a waiver of liability to take the Catacombs tour.

Contact us at 317-639-4534 if you have any questions or concerns.

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Indianapolis City Market, Whistler Plaza (West Wing closest to Delaware Street)

202 East Market Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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