Indianapolis’ Imperial Hotel in 1904

This beautiful old building is the Imperial Hotel in Indianapolis over 100 years ago. Sadly, it no longer stands as it was torn down in the 1940s after being built in the 1890s.

Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1904. “Imperial Hotel.” Whose architectural style might be described as Romanesque Rococo Curlicue Baroque, and whose slogan could be “every exterior surface embellished.” Note the early automobile. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Source: Library of Congress

This stunning piece of architecture was located at the northwest corner of W. Ohio St. and Capitol Avenue. There’s a great historical piece on the building on Indianapolis Then and Now.