One of the most recognizable office buildings on Meridian Street has been added to the survey of historic Carmel architecture.
On July 18, the Carmel City Council approved a resolution to add the 247,000 square foot office building at 10330 N. Meridian St. to the survey, which includes approximately 1,600 structures in the city. The building was designed by famed architect Michael Graves, an Indianapolis native who died in 2015. Other local buildings designed by Graves include the Indianapolis Art Center and the NCAA Hall of Champions.
According to Mark Dollase, trustee of the Carmel Historic Preservation Commission, the Meridian Street structure is an excellent example of postmodern design. The exterior of the building, which was completed in 1994, was inspired by the state of Hoosier.
“It is intended, whimsically (de Graves), to represent Indiana’s agricultural network,” Dollase said. “That’s what’s depicted on the facade in this checkerboard pattern.”
The building was originally built as the headquarters of Thomson Consumer Electronics, but in 2007 the declining company moved to a smaller facility nearby to make way for St. Vincent Health. Now the building, which is owned by South Carolina-based Carmel Indy Holdings, LLC, is partially occupied.
Adding to the Carmel Historic Architecture Survey does not designate the building as a local landmark, a separate process that adds protections to the structure and requires approval by an ordinance of city council.
Councilor Jeff Worrell said he would like to see the building become a local landmark and asked Dollase to initiate the process to make it happen.