Iconic IU building is demolished

The Poplars building on Seventh street in Bloomington was a landmark and for many years, the tallest building on Campus.

The building, which was constructed in 1964 as a hotel, was purchased by Indiana University in 1972, and eventually converted to office space.

The 150,000-square-foot facility was doomed by the IU board of trustees about a year ago, at its Aug. 13, 2021 meeting. According to the board’s meeting minutes, “The building’s significant accumulated deferred maintenance makes the cost of renovation not feasible.” Many former employees who worked there complained of a significant mold problem, which was probably not helped by the fact that the building once housed an indoor pool. The most famous person to have stayed at Poplars when it was a hotel was Elvis Presley. For now, the intent is to leave the space vacant.

The parking garage to the south of the building, which was built in 1987, will be left in place.


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