White River State Park Visitor’s Center
The White River State Park Visitor’s Center serves as a transparent gateway to the 267-acre urban park located in downtown Indianapolis, and is simple in form and materiality, and modern in its expression.
The visitor’s center is located along West Washington Street and provides space for various functions including park orientation, park administration, a space for public meetings, and park maintenance. The scale and appearance of the building which provides shelter to the visitor, assumes a sense of “arrival”, functions as the park’s foyer, and complements the landscaped pathways that traverse throughout the park. It provides an engaging entry into the park, and through its glass-framed lobby, acknowledges the significance of the park’s attractions.
The materials palette chosen for the building is respectful of the buildings in the park including the Historic Pumphouse, the Indiana State Museum, and the Eiteljorg Museum. By using Indiana limestone and a steel sash window system, the White River State Park Visitor’s Center is able to sit gracefully in the park and compliment the buildings and historic places that form one of Indiana’s greatest public amenities.
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
- ClientWhite River State Park Development Commission
- TypeCivic, Cultural + Entertainment
- Size5,000 F²
AwardsAIA Indiana | Merit Award2004