If these walls could talk...
With a history this bold, you can bet there's a story behind almost every square inch of this place. What’s now a luxury boutique hotel was once part of the largest Coca-Cola bottling plant in the world. Impressed?
The Yuncker brothers, Lee and James, commissioned the construction of the Mass Ave masterpiece and started bottling the bubbly soft drink here in the 1930s. The unique architecture, stunning interiors and state-of-the-art equipment quickly established the plant’s place both in the community and in the bottling industry.
The Roaring Twenties were marked with jazz music, Prohibition and Art Deco, which can be seen in the hotel’s restored architecture today. The bottling plant continued to thrive through the Great Depression and for years after. At its peak, the factory on Mass Ave produced over 2 million bottles of soda per week.
The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Indianapolis filled its last glass bottle in 1964 when the plant moved to Speedway, IN, after Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman purchased the franchise.
The Mass Ave plant sat empty until the Indianapolis Public Schools purchased the property in 1969. It was home to the IPS Service Center until 2016 and then the Beloit, WI-based real estate developer Hendricks Commercial Properties began developing the bottling plant into a hub for entertainment, history and art.
Today, Bottleworks Hotel dazzles with a mix of history and modern luxury with distinctive art and architecture at every turn. While we’ve adapted the space in a new light, our team has gone to great lengths to make sure the original exterior and terrazzo floors shine like new. The building’s Art-Deco past has become its present.
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