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Riley Towers

Identification

Riley Towers
James Whitcomb Riley Center
Crown Center Towers
residential complex
100348

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Facts

  • The Riley Towers is a large modern complex in the Chatham Arch neighborhood north of downtown Indianapolis. The original plan called for five 30-story 'crown' towers and eight 16-story 'twin' towers. Only three were completed.
  • Named after "America's Children's Poet" James Whitcomb Riley, a long-term resident of the nearby Lockerbie Square neighborhood. He was Indiana's most famous poet and is widely known for the poem "Little Orphant Annie".
  • This urban-renewal project was modeled in part after Chicago's Sandburg Village.
  • Wilmont Vickrey was the principal designer, while with Perkins & Will. He was a founding member of VOA Associates, Inc. in 1969.

Location

Indiana
U.S.A.

Involved Companies


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# Building Height Floors Building type Year Status
1 exterior-view-from-the-southeast Riley Towers I 295 ft 30 high-rise building 1963
2 fullheightview-view-from-the-southwest Riley Towers II 295 ft 30 high-rise building 1963
3 Riley Towers III 157 ft 16 high-rise building 1963
4 Riley Towers Addition 66 ft 5 low-rise building 2011
5 Riley Towers IV ≈401 ft 30 high-rise building -
6 Riley Towers V ≈401 ft 30 high-rise building -
7 Riley Towers VI ≈401 ft 30 high-rise building -
8 Riley Towers VII ≈227 ft 17 high-rise building -
9 Riley Towers VIII ≈227 ft 17 high-rise building -
10 Riley Towers IX ≈227 ft 17 high-rise building -
11 Riley Towers X ≈227 ft 17 high-rise building -
12 Riley Towers XI ≈227 ft 17 high-rise building -
13 Riley Towers XII ≈227 ft 17 high-rise building -
14 Riley Towers XIII ≈227 ft 17 high-rise building -
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