State Soldiers & Sailors Monument , 1888

1 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Architect/Designer:   Bruno Schmitz


The monument is structured in various layers, the base of which is accessible by flights of stairs on the north and south sides with water features on the east and west sides. The entrance to the monument is accessible within the pedestal of the structure. Flanking the pedestal on the east and west sides, are groups of sculptured figures on separate but attached pedestals, one group representing War, the other Peace. On the north and south sides of the pedestal are rolls of honor guarded by statues of infantry, cavalry, artilleryman and a sailor. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument was designed to honor veterans of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Frontier Wars and the Spanish-American War. The monument features statues and symbolism that transcends time in order to encompass and honor the wide range of military history. The monument stands 284 feet and visitors are welcome to climb the 331 steps to enjoy the sweeping views of Indianapolis.

Significance Statement – including special status and awards won:

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is the first monument in the U.S. to be dedicated to the common soldier and sailor. Indianapolis is second only to Washington D.C. in its collection of war memorials and the Soldiers and Sailors monument is the largest memorial in Indianapolis. The State Soldiers and Sailors Monument is located in the center of Indianapolis and almost at the geographic center of the State. The monument is the focal point and symbol of the city, creating the center of Monument Circle.

Designation status:

National Register of Historic Places, 1972

Washington Street-Monument Circle National Register Historic District, 1997

Monument Circle Local Historic District, 2013

Style: Neo-Classical

Owner (past/present):

State of Indiana


Indiana Limestone

Bronze detailing and statuary

Additions and/or changes with date: 1894: Original fountain replaced with larger ones, candelabra added to pedestal

Historic use/current use: War memorial

Is building open to the public?: Yes

Condition: Excellent

Website and/or sources of information:


Research Sources:

Indiana Government. “Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum.” Accessed September 17, 2015.

National Register of Historic Places, Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana. 1972


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