INDIANAPOLIS –The Athenaeum has been chosen by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., as the recipient of a 2017 Public Greenspace project.
The project will revitalize a section of greenspace in the Mile Square, located outside of the Athenaeum at 401 E. Michigan St.
With input and assistance from the downtown community, the greenspace, which is currently turf grass, will be transformed into an interactive space that incorporates nature and art, furthering the Athenaeum’s values of “sound mind, in a sound body.”
The Project Greenspace Program, now in its 22nd year, is a joint effort of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., Indianapolis Power and Light, and the city of Indianapolis.
“We are very grateful and honored that the Athenaeum was chosen by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for this wonderful program,” said Cassie Stockamp, Athenaeum Foundation president. “We take great pride in the upkeep and appearance of our building, and the beautification of this greenspace will only add another astounding visual and interactive space to our wonderful Athenaeum.”
The Athenaeum, formerly known as the Das Deutsche Haus, is a historic German-American landmark that advances the “sound mind in a sound body” values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages diverse communities. Built in 1894, it serves as a community center for many cultural, business and nonprofit groups including the YMCA, Young Actors Theatre and the Rathskeller restaurant. The Athenaeum is listed three times in the National Registry of Historic Places for architecture and historical significance, as part of the Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District and as being within the Lockerbie Square historic district. In 2010, the Biergarten was voted the No. 1 music venue in the city of Indianapolis by NUVO magazine. Metromix voted the Rathskeller as the No. 1 bar in the city in 2010. The Athenaeum Foundation Inc. was established in 1991 and is a 501(c) 3 organization.