Since the opening of the first organized quarry in 1827, Indiana Limestone – “The Nation’s Building Stone” – has been in almost constant use and has made a huge impact on American architecture. The appearance of the railroads in Southern Indiana in the mid-1850s made the stone a national treasure, and the industry boasts of countless government, commercial, educational and residential projects – including 27 U.S. state capitols and many of the government buildings in our nation’s capitol. Though only found in three small Hoosier counties, the supply is virtually limitless and just like projects built with the product is expected to last for several hundred years, through many generations.
Projects utilizing Indiana Limestone include the Indiana Statehouse, and on Monument Circle in Indianapolis, the Indiana State Soldiers and Sailors Monument completed in 1889; in Chicago, Chicago City Hall, dating back to the 1870s and the Chicago Public Library; the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., built in the early 1890s; and the Cotton Exchange Building in New Orleans, the first project for which the stone was shipped from Indiana “cut to fit and ready to set” in the early 1920s.
In Washington DC, the Pentagon, the Washington National Cathedral began construction in 1907, Lincoln Memorial and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum all have Indiana Limestone exteriors. New York City boasts Indiana Limestone structures such as the Empire State Building completed in 1931, Rockefeller Center completed in May, 1933, Grand Central Station, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. Indiana Limestone projects exist in every American city, in smaller towns and villages, in Canada and in every type of atmosphere.
Low Life Cycle Costs
Indiana Limestone is virtually maintenance-free, requiring only the occasional re-pointing of stone joints and cleaning, if desired. With proper installation and minimal care, Indiana Limestone projects will serve present and future generations for many years to come.
No Project Too Small
With all the significant landmarks listed here, one might wonder how Indiana Limestone fits into home construction, landscaping, or other smaller-scale projects. The beauty of Indiana Limestone is that it’s natural tones make it a beautiful and versatile product.