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Madame Walker Theatre



Indianapolis, IN
Four story
935-seat theater
Renovation of a National Historic Landmark


The Walker Building on famed Indiana Avenue was a hub for African-American community in Indianapolis from the 1920s to the 1950s. Madame C.J. Walker, one of America’s first African-American, female millionaires, started the development of the building which was completed by her daughter after Madame Walker’s death in 1919. The building fell into a state of disrepair during the 1960s and ’70s, only to be saved from demolition by a group of committed to preserving the history of the structure.



In 1986, MNA was proud to be involved in the restoration of the building which houses offices, a Grand Casino Ballroom and the famous Walker Theatre. Since then, additional renovations and improvements have continued to help our city and guests celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Indiana Avenue, its vibrant jazz scene and the African-American community of 20th century Indianapolis.