Original Coca-Cola plant to open for tours

July 17, 2017 by  

People who are curious about the old Coca-Cola bottling plant located on Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis will soon have a chance to explore the place via self-guided tours.

The factory was considered “lavish” when it was built in 1931. When it was operational, the plant had 110 delivery trucks and employed a workforce of 260 people.

The soda giant moved out of the Massachusetts Avenue building in 1964, when Tony Hulman, who owned the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, bought the Coke franchise and moved it to Speedway. In 1968, the building was sold to the Indianapolis Public School system.

The building was done in the Art Deco style, with a white terra cotta exterior featuring both floral and geometric motifs, and a relief panel above the Massachusetts Avenue entrance showing a fountain shooting arching sprays of water. The interior continues the Art Deco design, with terrazzo floors, bronze doors, and a marble staircase.

The building is set to be redeveloped into a mixed-use project to be known as Bottleworks, which will include a boutique hotel, movie theaters, shops, restaurants, and apartments.

The building will be open to the public from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on August 12. Tickets benefit Indiana Landmarks.

If organizers work with a flyer printing company to create an informative handout for visitors, they can discuss the history and beauty of buildings like this.