Coca Cola Bottling Company, 1931

858-868 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46204

Architect/Designer: Rubush & Hunter


There are two main structures within the complex, the main bottling plant and a garage. The buildings within the complex feature facades of white, glazed terra cotta. The terra cotta design features various details such as chevrons, sunbursts and elaborate spandrels. Throughout the structures are decorative pilasters and copper details, even along the loading dock canopies. These exquisite structures have remained in excellent condition, in large part due to their continued use as part of the Indianapolis Public School system. The Coca Cola Bottling Company has remained an art deco icon in Indianapolis and hopefully will continue to be fully utilized as a lasting architectural masterpiece.


One of the finest examples of art deco architecture in Indianapolis the Coca Cola Bottling Company is largely unaltered from its original appearance. At one time the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottling plant, the complex takes up an entire city block.


Massachusetts Avenue Historic District, 1982

Style: Art Deco

Owner (past/present):

Past: Coca-Cola Company

Present: Indianapolis Public Schools

Materials: Glazed Terra Cotta

Additions and/or changes with date:

1949: Additional garages added

Date unknown: Changes made to lower level of main building including lower window replacement and new exterior wall material along the ground level

Historic use/current use:

Historic use: Coca Cola Bottling Plant

Current use: Indianapolis Public School Central Kitchen

Is building open to the public?: No, exterior can be viewed from street

Condition: Very Good

Website and/or sources of information:

More information:


Discover Mass Ave. “Mass Ave History.” Accessed October 30, 2015.

National Park Service. “Massachusetts Avenue Historic District.” Accessed October 30, 2015.

National Register of Historic Places, Massachusetts Avenue Historic District, Marion, Indianapolis, Indiana. 1982.


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