Original Coca-Cola Mass Ave plant to open for tours

INDIANAPOLIS – For decades ,downtown dwellers have passed by the original Coca-Cola bottling plant on Mass Ave, but in August its doors will open to the public for tours.

The white terra cotta building will open for self-guided tours on Aug. 12 from 1-5 p.m. to give the community a taste of history.

The plant was built in 1931 and was considered “lavish” by factory standards during its time. The company employed 260 people and owned 110 delivery trucks.

Coca-Cola left its Mass Ave home in 1964 after Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman bought the franchise and moved bottling operations to Speedway. He used the original building to house his vintage collection of vehicles.

In 1968, it was sold to Indianapolis Public Schools where the building was used as a central kitchen for school lunches, among other things.

The tour will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission.

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