#ThursdayDoors — Circle Tower

It’s not the doors, it’s the entrance.


Check out that arch.

You can maybe see The Mister and I in the door on the right. I snapped this on the fly, and couldn’t even fit the whole thing in the frame without crouching on the sidewalk, and y’all, I am not that committed.

But then when I went to research the building on Historic Indianapolis how I do, I discovered it’s a gem … Finished in 1930, Circle Tower is one of Indianapolis’s finest examples of Art Deco architecture.
And also:

Circle Tower was completed only eight years after archaeologist Howard Carter’s sensational discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922. The intricate bronze screen over the north entry arch reflects the widespread interest in Egyptology at the time. Sculptor Joseph Willenborg filled the bronze grille with hieroglyphic-like images, stylized into the Deco mode.

Obviously I had to go back.

I’m seldom tenacious, but I went to the circle TWICE before I got the shot, cause events. Often the circle will be closed to cars during events. Parking downtown on a weekday and then heading into crowds is not what Joeys do best. Finally a day came when the circle was open and not bustling with people.


(The center of Indianapolis is a circle.  It’s called Monument Circle. Inside the circle is the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument.)

I took more than a dozen photos of the tower, just to make up for lost time.


I cannot possibly convey how weird it is that it’s been here my entire life and I’d never actually SEEN it.
I think it was worth it a few trips.

#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To see other doors of interest, or to share your own, click the link.

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59 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — Circle Tower

  1. ghostmmnc says:

    That’s an interesting building. The arch is outstanding, especially with the Egyptian type motif! 🙂

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  2. Really interesting building, and the arch is cool.

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  3. Never would have seen this without your photos. I can see why it fascinated you – pretty cool. I thank you for making the effort to go back.

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  4. marianallen says:

    What a fantastic building! That’s one of the things I love about Thursday Doors — how it opens our eyes and toggles our Appreciation switch to ON.

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  5. joanfrankham says:

    Beautiful craftsmanship.

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    I love that entrance. When I was first looking at it, I couldn’t figure out was interesting about the shapes over the doors. Egypt – ah, yes, now it makes sense. It is amazing how many buildings I’ve noticed for the first time since doing this door thing. That includes buildings in Hartford I walked past during the 6 years I worked downtown! This one was worth a few trips. Thanks for digging through the history on this one.

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    • joey says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you understood me. Isn’t it interesting how we don’t see what’s right there? Goodness. We’re always so busy and purposeful. Of course, I don’t know how smart it is to lollygag through city streets, starin up and around…. but maybe on a low traffic day, I should try 😉

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  7. bikerchick57 says:

    Beautiful arch, Joey. Thanks for going back for more and sharing. I’ve seen the soldier monument in photos before, but didn’t realize it was in the middle of the city in a circle. Learned something new today.

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  8. Ally Bean says:

    I love seeing Art Deco gems “hidden” around a city. Or in some buildings, too. That entryway is amazeballs. And I like the monument, too. Very interesting sites you got there.

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  9. jesh stg says:

    The entrance – there’s so much to see there! And a very unusual circle tower building. Where we have been, certainly has an effect on us!

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  10. You probably missed it cause you were looking for a circular tower; the bulding appears to look more like a pyramid (now that you mention Egyptian). And that entrance, the arch is terrific and a good piece for Thursday Doors!

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  11. Benson says:

    Brilliant shots. Downtown Indy is amazing. The Circle reminds me of so much. Have you walked the Monument?

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  12. That is some archway, Joey, and what a fabulous building. Well worth being tenacious for. 🙂

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  13. JT Twissel says:

    That building almost looks like a pyramid, doesn’t it?

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  14. The arch is gorgeous!

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  15. JoAnna says:

    Very cool. I want to run my hand along the arch and wonder what it’s like inside the building.

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  16. BeckyB says:

    wow! What an entrance . . . . I wonder if the architect managed to photograph it in its entirety?!

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  17. Amazing discoveries. I like the monument, love the tower (I have never seen something like that), but that door is the queen (king?) of doors not just of this week but wider. Look at that! 😮 Well, for the bottom part they could choose something else, but the arch and the little people are just…. Yeah, you can call them Egyptians if you wish, to me they look like an entire apartment house with 50’s-style families. Just glorious! And in your city! 😮

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  18. Norm 2.0 says:

    Great job in going back to get more shots. That arch is special indeed. The building in terms of footprint and total floor space seems enormous.
    You’re not the only one discovering previously “unseen” hometown gems. Thursday Doors has a way of doing that to us…we just start to notice things more.

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  19. I was born and raised in Indiana and all my kids and grandkids still live there and I have never seen these buildings either! I just may have to change all that! Great post as always!

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  20. Joanne Sisco says:

    Awesome doorway. Truly.
    … and that’s not a word I banter around very often since it is so overused inappropriately.
    …but I’m still confused by Circle Tower. I was expecting a round tower. To my surprise, it’s built more like a wedding cake. Is it *Circle* Tower because it’s in the circle?

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  21. reocochran says:

    Gorgeous, intricate designs in metal, did you say brass? I am at pool trying to blog but bright sun doesn’t allow brain nor eyes to function, Joey!! I love the fact you included the archaeological details, too. The archeologist’s name. xo Robin

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  22. larva225 says:

    I heart art deco. I wish it would hurry on up and come back around.

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  23. Ooh… I love me some interesting architecture. Great find. 🙂

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  24. John Holton says:

    Woooooooooooowwwwww… As many times as I’ve been down there (Merchant’s Bank (I think that was the name) was on the circle), I never noticed it.

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