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Quiz #284 Results
Answers to Quiz #284
December 20, 2010
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Fountain Square, Indianapolis
1.  What is the current address of this location?
2.  What statue is nearby?
3.  What is the closest church?
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.  I have not been
onboard for the last 2 FG Quizzes because I have been busy with work and family. I
looked at this one earlier in the week and it looked interesting so I had to do a little to
see if I could get it. At first I got really hung up with the Fountain Square district in
downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Tyler Davidson statue/fountain of "The Lady" but I
didn't think that that was what you were looking for.          
Robert W. Steinmann Jr.

At last one I could do.  I couldn't get the last one even with the Mercury/Apollo hint.  
The one before I think I could still possibly answer if it isn't too late.  I was working on
dating the policeman's uniform (did you know their top hats were reinforced so they
could step on them to look over tall fences, etc or to help them climb over tall
obstacles?)but think I need a different tack.  Now I have to find and read the
appropriate section of your "Forensic Genealogy" book to figure out the possible photo
Milene Rawlinson

N.B.  We give retroactive credit, so be my guest if you want to send in answers to past
quizzes. - Q. Gen.

I've been attempting to solve your quizzes since my son, Tim, introduced me to them
about a year ago.  Tim has encouraged me to actually send you my answers, on the
few occasions I manage to solve the problem completely. Thank you for producing the
quiz every week.  It is very stimulating.                                                
Peter Groves

Thanks, Colleen.  After I figured out that the theatre was in Indy, I called my brother
Mont  and told him to look at your quiz since he and his wife live in Indianapolis.  He
knew where it was immediately and said that he had been there many times.  In fact, he
called me the day before yesterday from Fountain Square and said that he was standing
next to the ‘Lady Spray’ statue freezing his butt off while waiting on a friend for
lunch.  I tried to get him to step off the distances between the theatre and St. Patrick’s
and St. Mark’s since I wasn’t sure how accurate my Google Earth calculations were,
but he refused.  Oh well, maybe I can get him to do it when the weather warms up.
Daniel E. Jolley
Only a mile and a half from downtown
Indianapolis, Fountain Square is located at
the intersection of Virginia Avenue at
Shelby and Prospect Streets. Fountain
Square was the first commercial historic
district in Indiana. Its existing buildings
span more than a century of development
from 1871 to the present. Fountain Square
played an important part in the
Indianapolis theater heritage; the areas
commercial district had more operating
theaters than could be found in any part of
Indianapolis from 1910 to 1950. The
Fountain Square Theatre Building opened
in 1928 as a place for entertainment,
shopping and professional offices until its
decline began in the late 1960's. After
undergoing renovations started in 1993,
the building once again houses
entertainment and events in the Fountain
Square Theatre, duckpin bowling in either
of two vintage alleys, two restaurants,
seasonal rooftop dining, a cocktail bar,
and overnight accommodations.
Location of Fountain Square Theatre
Indianapolis, IN
Fountain Square is once again becoming known as a home for unique restaurants, art
galleries and studios, live entertainment, antiques, and small professional offices. The
designation of Fountain Square as one of Indiana’s first urban Main Street programs,
coupled with the distinction of being named as one of the six Indianapolis Cultural
Districts, has the commercial district poised for further reinvestment and improvement.
In 2010 Fountain Square will be linked to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. A legacy of
Gene & Marilyn Glick, the Cultural Trail is a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path
that connects neighborhoods, Cultural Districts and entertainment amenities, and serves
as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system.
Fountain Square
Present Layout
Originally built in 1928, the Fountain
Square Theatre opened as a 1500 seat
motion picture and vaudeville theatre.
Decorated with an Italian garden theme
and highlighted with a forty foot dome
ceiling with twinkling stars, the theatre
enjoyed many years as a premier
entertainment venue. Closed and gutted in
the late 1950's the former theatre space
housed a Woolworth five and dime store,
then years later a thrift shop.
This is the namesake fountain for the Fountain
Square neighborhood in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sitting
atop the fountain is the sculpture “The Pioneer
Family” by Myra Reynolds Richards placed in 1924.
In the 1950’s the fountain – which sits in the middle
of a triangle intersection – was deemed a traffic
hazard and removed. The statue was placed in a
nearby park. In 1980, to re-establish the original
character of the neighborhood, the fountain was re-
built and the statue placed back on top of it.

On September 8, 2009, "The Pioneer Family" was
removed and relocated to a nearby plaza.  The statue
was replaced on November 9, 2009 by a replica of a
water nymph statue that had stood on the site in the
early-20th century. The new fountain is a new
casting from Robinson Iron Works in Alexander
Fountain Square Fountain and Pioneer Family Statue
As shown in this week's quiz photo, the main entrance to the Fountain Square Theatre
theatre used to face Shelby St. Note the marquees on either side of the ticket booth
where movie posters are displayed.
The front entrance of the theatre was just that.  The spaces on either side of the theatre
were occupied by other businesses. On the left of the theatre in the photo, you can see
a Walgreen drug store, and on the right, a Hauck clothing store.

Upon entering the theatre, you walked through a door into the lobby where you could
by popcorn and other concessions.  Beyond that was a door leading to the main
auditorium where you took a seat to watch the movie.

As you can see from the satellite view of the building shown above, the auditorium of
the Fountain Square Theatre faced longways relative to Prospect St. with the back of
the screen facing East Morris St. On either side of the screen were exits that can still be
seen from the back of the building today.
Back of Auditorium

When the theatre closed in about 1960s, it
is likely that the Woolworth's expanded to
occupy the space that once housed the
theatre. It's possible that the rise in the
floor of the auditorium was removed so
that it could be used as a warehouse or a
sales floor.

During the extensive renovations
beginning in 1994, the front of the
Views of the interior of the new
theatre. The stage occupies the place of
the old movie screen.
building that originally housed the ticket booth was converted to an independent
commercial space that now houses the Shelbi St. Cafe. What was once the side
entrance to the old theatre on Prospect St. opening to the back of the old auditorium
now serves as the main entrance to the rebuilt theatre.

The Fountain Square Theatre is once again a starlit courtyard. Columned arches
surround an expansive dance floor at the foot of a large stage and a balcony overlooks
the main level of the theatre. The new design of the Mezzanine level of the theatre
retained much of its original architectural details such as stained glass windows and
ornamental plaster reliefs.
Facade of the old theatre is now a cafe.
Old side entrance on Prospect St. is now
main entrance to new theatre.  
Structure in back is the auditorium.
Marquees next to
original entrance still
accommodates posters.
Removal of "The
Pioneer Family"
Sept. 8, 2009.
The Pioneer Family
City, Ala. The fountain, nicknamed Lady Spray by the locals, was made from molds
taken from a historic fountain in New York State.
The Lady Spray Statue
Fountain Square, Indianapolis
The Nearest Church
Google Maps can help you find lots of
things in the vicinity of a location of
interest.  In this case, once you have
located Fountain Square on a map, you
can click on the link to "Search Nearby"
under the thumbnail to the right.
Fill in the box with "churches", then click
on Search.
The map will populate itself with
churches, giving their names and locations
in the right margin. This example actually
shows the location of the Fountain Square
District, and not Fountain Square itself.  If
you search on Fountain Square Theatre,
and repeat these instructions, you will find
the closest churches are St. Patrick's
Roman Catholic Church at 950 Prospect St. (0.1 mi east of Fountain Square) and St.
Mark's Lutheran Church at 1301 Prospect St., (0.1 mi east of Fountain Square).