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Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument architectural renderings

Identifier: L619

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a set of architectural drawings, titled "La Tour D'Auvergne" from a French architectural firm, an architectural print with sketches from Josse A. Vrydagh in Terre Haute, Indiana and a print, featuring a 3D model of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument from Bruno Schmitz in Germany, dating from circa 1887 to 1901.


  • circa 1887-1901


Language of Materials

Materials in English, French and German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Bruno Schmitz was born on November 21, 1858 in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is the son of Carl Theodore Schmitz and Henriette Rodenberg. Schmitz, an architect, is known for his monuments of the early 20th century, working with notable sculptors for an integrated architectural and sculptural effect. He died on April 27, 1916 in Berlin, Germany.

Source: "Bruno Schmitz." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed February 26, 2016.


Josse (Jesse) A. Vrydagh was born on May 16, 1833 in Limburg, Belgium. He entered art school at the Louvain School of Arts and immigrated to Dallas, Texas around 1854. In 1876, according to city directory listings, Vrydagh lived in Evansville, Indiana. In 1880, he lived in Terre Haute, Indiana with his wife, Victoria E. (Notez) Vrydagh, and their children: Martin U., Mary E., Jupiter G., Robert T., Eddison J, and Allison L.

Vrydagh was a notable architect in the state of Indiana with works, including the old Indiana State Normal School (destroyed in 1888); the Terre Haute Opera House; and many other municipal and religious building throughout Terre Haute. He was also the architect for the Sullivan, Bedford, and Mount Vernon, Indiana court houses, as well as many private buildings in Evansville.

Vrydagh died on January 16, 1898 and is buried at the Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana.


Vigo County Public Library. "Greater Terre Haute and Vigo County History." Accessed February 26, 2016. "Josse Alexander Vrydagh." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed February 26, 2016.

Historical Note

The Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument is a neoclassical monument built on Monument Circle. The monument is Indiana's official memorial to the Hoosiers that served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Frontier Wars and the Spanish-American War.

The monument was created using oolitic limestone from Owen County, standing over 280 feet. It cost $598,318.00 to build in 1902. Seventy proposals were submitted and two finalists were chosen. Bruno Schmitz of Berlin and Rudolf Schwarz, sculptor, were awarded the appointment in 1887.


Indiana War Memorial. "Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, Soldiers and Sailors Monument." Accessed February 26, 2016.


3 Cubic Feet (1 extra-large oversize box)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a transfer from the Indiana Division during 2016.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/02/26 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/26 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2024/04/24 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.