As Indianapolis’ pivotal downtown park, and the gateway to the people’s government, Lugar Plaza welcomes all residents and visitors to relax, connect, play, learn, and exchange ideas in a safe, attractive civic space.
Lugar Plaza is a modern public square in downtown Indianapolis, located just north of East Washington Street between Delaware and Alabama Streets, on the south side of City-County Building and across from the Julia M. Carson Transit Center.
Named for Richard G. Lugar, Mayor of Indianapolis (1967-75) and U.S. Senator (1976-2013), the plaza project was launched during the tenure of Mayor Greg Ballard, and completed during the tenure of Mayor Joe Hogsett. Ground was broken on Lugar Plaza in May 2017. In November 2017, all of the former living Indianapolis mayors came together to announce the plaza would be renamed in celebration of Lugar's contributions to the city. The plaza was completed and dedicated in October 2018.
The Plaza was developed by the Department of Metropolitan Development, the Indianapolis-Marion County Building Authority, Rundell Ernstberger Associates, Core Planning Strategies, and Brandt Construction.
The 28-story City-County Building that abuts Lugar Plaza opened in 1962. The building that once stood on the site of Lugar Plaza was the Marion County Courthouse, built in 1876, in the Second Empire style.
About Richard G. Lugar
Richard G. Lugar (1932-2019) is recognized as a gifted local and state leader, and a respected national and international statesman. A fifth generation Hoosier, he was born in Indianapolis and graduated from Shortridge High School. In 1964, he was elected to the Indianapolis School Board of Commissioners where he served until 1967, the year he was elected mayor of Indianapolis. He served two terms as mayor, prioritizing Downtown’s renewal. In 1976, he was elected to the U.S Senate, where he served until 2013. Sen. Lugar is the longest-serving member of Congress in Indiana history. His time in Congress was marked by a special interest in international relations. Until his death at age 87, he served as president of The Lugar Center, a non-profit policy and research organization focusing on bipartisan governance, global food security, and more.