INDIANAPOLIS — A leak that sent water into the basement of a historic monument in downtown Indianapolis has prompted curators to move a collection of artifacts documenting Indiana’s role in the Civil War.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument’s artifacts, including a cannon, were moved a few blocks north to the Indiana War Memorial, The Indianapolis Star reported.

J. Stewart Goodwin, executive director of the Indiana War Memorials Commission which oversees the 284-foot-tall (86-meter-tall) monument, said the basement area that houses the Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum will flood when it rains a couple inches.

Goodwin said structural engineers are examining the monument this week to determine the issue. He gave no timeline for when solutions would be proposed or when repair work would begin.

The 115-year-old limestone tower and its grounds, which led to the construction of the Indiana World War Memorial and its plaza, were named to the National Historic Landmarks list last year. It’s the largest of more than 200 Civil War memorials in the U.S. and the only one that combines large-scale sculpture in bronze and stone.


This story has been corrected to show the monument and its grounds were named to the National Historic Landmarks list last year, not Jan. 11.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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