Limestone is known as the "The Nation's Building Stone," and for good reason! A number of state and local capitol buildings, memorials and other notable structures throughout the country and beyond have been constructed using limestone from right here in south central Indiana.

  • The Pentagon
    Located in Arlington, Virginia, the Pentagon serves as headquarters to the United States Department of Defense. On September 11, 2001 a hijacked plane crashed into the western side of the building. The reconstruction used Indiana Limestone fabricated by Bybee Stone Company in Ellettsville, Indiana. It was rededicated one year later on September 11, 2002.
     
  • Washington National Cathedral
    Construction of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul began in 1907 and lasted 83 years until 1990, when the west towers were completed. Adorned with 400 angels and gargoyles, the cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in the United States made of Indiana limestone. 
     
  • Lincoln Memorial
    Look for Indiana limestone on the interior walls and columns of the Lincoln Memorial, dedicated in 1922 to honor Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president. Indiana limestone and other materials are representative of different regions of the United States.
     
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    In 1980, Congress voted to establish this museum with an Indiana limestone exterior. It first opened in 1993 in Washington D.C. and has since had more than 30 million visitors.
     
  • Empire State Building
    Named after New York's state nickname, the "Empire State," and completed in 1931, the once-tallest building in the world is made of Indiana Limestone and remains one of the tallest and most impressive buildings in New York City.
     
  • Rockefeller Center
    An estimated one million people walk through Rockefeller Center each year in Midtown Manhattan. Built by the Rockefeller family, it was constructed of Indiana limestone and was completed in May of 1933. 
     
  • Biltmore Estate
    George Washington Vanderbilt, II built his mansion near Asheville, N.C. in the early 1890s. This Indiana limestone-clad estate features 250 rooms.
     
  • Grand Central Station
    Accurately named Grand Central Terminal, this New York City train station includes Indiana limestone. Grand Central was once saved from becoming a 55-story tower thanks to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. 
     
  • Tribune Tower
    Sitting on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, the home of The Chicago Tribune was completed in 1925, incorporating Indiana limestone into the design as well as several other famous stones, including rock from the Roman Colosseum and China's Great Wall. 
     
  • Monument Circle
    The Indiana State Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands in the center of Indianapolis at almost 285 feet, just 15 ft. shorter than the Statue of Liberty. The monument was completed in 1889 to honor veterans from the Hoosier state and was among the first dedicated to common soldiers.
     
  • Flatiron Building
    New York City, NY
     
  • American United Life Building
    Indianapolis, Ind.
     
  • Colonnade, Union Station
    Chicago, Ill.
     
  • Chicago Public Library
    Chicago, Ill.
     
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York, NY
     
  • Ellis Island
    New York, NY