Historic Indy Building Restored

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The building is located near downtown Indy. (photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks) The building is located near downtown Indy. (photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks)

An Indianapolis building once part of Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered list has received new life. The nearly 120-year-old South Side Turnverein was originally built as a German social club and gymnasium and has been repurposed as the headquarters for Indy-based Point Comfort Underwriters.

The building was sold in 1977 and slowly fell into disrepair, according to Indiana Landmarks. The organization says William Atkins and Betsy Brougher, owners of Point Comfort Underwriters, a medical claims management organization and international travel company, made the decision to adapt the historic building with the help of Indy-based RATIO Architects.

"The bones of this building were so strong and sturdy, its architectural elements and quality of craftsmanship so incredibly enduring that it was amazing," Atkins told Indiana Landmarks. "I always felt somewhat stifled in traditional work environments. Here, the environment creates a workplace where people can see room for expanding and advancement, where they can be passionate about their work."

The revitalization work included rebuilding a grand staircase, installing an energy-efficient HVAC system, and restoring more than 150 historic windows, among other efforts. Atkins and Brougher have a history of adaptive reuse projects; The pair previously rehabilitated the former Harry Wood Vocational Training School and Indianapolis Public School No. 9.

The new owners plan to use the building as a gathering space, hosting community events after business hours. Indiana Landmarks will host a Landmark Look event to showcase the rejuvenated space in March. You can view more photos of the renovated space and connect to info on the event by clicking here.

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