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Indianapolis City Market Catacomb Tours 2021

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Indianapolis City Market

222 East Market Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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These tours explore the Catacombs, a Roman-looking expanse of brick arches beneath the outdoor Whistler Plaza of City Market.

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In partnership with Indianapolis City Market, Indiana Landmarks offers guided tours of an unusual site usually hidden from public view. These tours explore the Catacombs, a Roman-looking expanse of brick arches beneath the outdoor Whistler Plaza of City Market. Along the way, guides share stories of two historic buildings, City Market and Tomlinson Hall.

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 more than 3,500 people. Dietrich Bohlen designed the hall and City Market in 1886. 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 and today an arch from the hall is all that remains above ground.

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 and depart from the mezzanine level of Indianapolis City Market, 222 E. Market Street, Indianapolis.

Refund requests: Refund requests must be received seven days in advance of tour date. If tickets are purchased through Eventbrite, you will receive a partial refund as Eventbrite no longer refunds their processing and service fees. Availability of tours is subject to change, pending safety directives and health concerns. Should changes occur due to COVID related safety mandates, guests who have already purchased tickets will receive a full refund.

Parking: Park at meters or in garages on the surrounding streets. There are also surface lots and parking garages within walking distance of City Market. Market Street is currently undergoing construction, so tourgoers may want to allow for extra travel time. Click here for a detailed map of the area to help find parking.

Please note: City Market Catacombs are an undeveloped historic asset and are 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. Alert to people with breathing sensitivities: the Catacombs are a musty, sometimes damp area. Guests are required to sign a waiver of liability to take the Catacombs tour.

COVID-19 : To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that tour participants who have not been vaccinated wear a face covering over their mouth and nose during the tour.

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Location

Indianapolis City Market

222 East Market Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Refund policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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Organizer Indiana Landmarks

Organizer of Indianapolis City Market Catacomb Tours 2021

Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservationist. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534. Find more at www.indianalandmarks.org.

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