Originally known as the Administration Building of Indiana Central University, Good Hall was built in 1904. At that time, it comprised the entire university’s holdings and did so for almost 50 years. The large, red brick building features a 3.5-story central section surrounded by symmetrical two-story wings. It was built in the Classical Revival style and is now an administrative building on the campus of the University of Indianapolis, which is located just south of the city center. Good Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
of the University of Indianapolis is closely tied to the Church of the United Brethren
in Christ and the University Heights neighborhood that it borders. It was incorporated as the Indiana Central
University in 1902, but lacked a physical home until a successful realtor named
William L. Elder made a modest proposal.
Elder’s proposal was this: he would donate eight acres and a university
building to the school if the church/school would assist him in selling 446
lots in his new Marion Heights development, which he would change to University
Heights if they agreed to his deal. They
did and he did. The university was
granted lot number 447 and the structure Elder financed was Good Hall, then
known as the Administration Building.
from the front at ground level, Good Hall’s most prominent feature is its
large, two-story portico or porch. The
portico’s wide entablature (the long, horizontal lentil supported by the
columnns that, in turn, supports the portico’s roof) features a relatively plain
cornice, frieze, and architrave. On the
building’s north side is a large porte cochere (coach gate or carriage porch)
that is supported by two large Ionic columnns.
It was designed to provide people shelter from the elements as they
disembarked from their carriages or automobiles. Good Hall also features a noticeable pediment
roof atop its central section that is completed by an ornamented tympanum (the
vertical, white, triangular front to the roof that is decorated with grape
vines, lanterns and a central circle surrounded by stars).
Building, as the university’s only structure, was home to its classrooms,
administrative offices, library and chapel, to which daily attendance was
mandatory in those early years. It also
served as home to the university’s first president, Reverend John Roberts,
whose wife cooked for the students and faculty.
The university’s first graduating class of 1908 was comprised of two
students, one of which was I. J. Good.
Mr. Good would be appointed the school’s third president in 1915. The building is currently named in his honor.
For a time,
the school was known as Indiana Central College and then, in 1986, its name was
changed to the University of Indianapolis, UIndy to students and locals. Today, Good Hall is home to the history and
political science, anthropology, social sciences, and social work academic
departments, and the School of Psychological Services. It also houses a community research center,
the Leah Ransburg Gallery, which displays student and faculty artwork, and the
Recital Hall that is used for lectures, conferences and special events.