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Arkitextures of Indianapolis - Misrified
If you've ever been to Cairo, there is a lifelong sense of withdrawal, we call the effect being"Misrified." When I miss Cairo I like to drive to downtown Indianapolis where the Old National Center (formerly the Murat Theatre) appeases the longing for interesting buildings. Built in1909 by the William P Junclaus Company and designed by Oscar D Bohlen, a Shriner, the building is inspired by an amalgamation of Egyptian buildings. The simple explanation, that it is inspired by Middle Eastern buildings, does not do the building or the architect justice. There are domes that are reminiscent of the Southern Cemetery in Cairo, and crescent moons that are inspired by the Ottoman age. However, it is the simple plan accented with a minaret supported by a square-shaped base that evokes images of Ibn Tulun, one of the famous mosques of Cairo. The Old National Center is a fantastic place to enjoy the latest rock concert. After a show though, why not spend some time exploring the architecture of this fascinating building, and perhaps take an imaginative trip to Cairo? Misrification it seems can happen anywhere.
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