Indy's New Marriott Place to Feature Art Plaza, Outdoor Events Venue
September 1, 2009
Marriott Place Indianapolis, Marriott's forthcoming five-in-one hotel collection in downtown Indianapolis, will feature an art-filled central plaza that will double as an outdoor events venue, Marriott Place announced last week.
"It will be a fantastic venue for outdoor receptions, parties and even performances, with downtown Indianapolis as a backdrop and all within steps of the Indianapolis Convention Center and White River State Park," Marriott Place Director of Sales and Marketing Cory Chambers said of the multi-million dollar Art Plaza.
Scheduled to open in March 2010 along with three of the property's four new hotels—the Indianapolis Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, the Indianapolis Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Downtown and the Indianapolis SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown—the plaza was designed by Indianapolis landscape architects Claire Bennett Associates and will feature artwork by Jeff Laramore of 2nd Globe Studios, who has created several pieces that pay tribute to the state of Indiana.
A 36-foot-tall stylized sculpture of a cardinal will be the plaza's signature piece. When viewed from above—for example, from inside Marriott Place's fourth new property, the JW Marriot Indianapolis, scheduled to open in March 2011—the bird will appear to be sitting atop a tulip tree branch that's formed by the plaza's stonework. The cardinal is Indiana's state bird and the tulip tree its state tree.
In addition to the cardinal sculpture, the Art Plaza will include a 60-foot-long waterfall cascading over a stone depiction of peonies, which are the Indiana state flower.
"We wanted to make this project a landmark for Indianapolis, its convention business and our family," Bruce White of White Lodging Services, the property's developer, said in a statement. "We are proud to be Hoosiers, and selected the design for the Art Plaza because of its connection to the state."
Upon completion in 2011, Marriott Place Indianapolis will feature five hotels under one roof—including the aforementioned Marriott brands, as well as the existing Indianapolis Marriott Downtown—with a total of 1,626 rooms and 145,000 square feet of meeting space, including one of Marriott's largest hotel ballrooms, totaling 40,500 square feet.
For more information, visit www.marriottplaceindianapolis.com
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