• Hospitality
  • Mixed-Use

180,000 SF Hotel / 800 Keys
75,000 SF Retail
80,000 SF Parking Garage


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Anchoring the Avenue

Perched on an 11-acre site at the east end of Indianapolis’ historic Massachusetts Avenue, the former Coca-Cola bottling factory is an Art Deco showpiece. Faced with thousands of white terra cotta tiles and accented with hand-lettering glinting with gold leaf, the exterior design carries through to intricate balustrades, glazed tile mosaics, and vaulted ceilings found throughout the main building and garages.

Massachusetts Avenue

A Local Treasure

Built in the 1940s, the plant is a local treasure. By the 1950s, it had become the largest Coca-Cola plant in the world. But twenty years later the factory was sold, used for storage and administrative work, and closed to the public.

We embraced the opportunity to reinvent the site, connect it to the community, and create a boutique hotel. The client had a strong vision — this would be a district, highly integrated into the surrounding neighborhoods and instrumental to the future of Indianapolis. Surrounding streets and sidewalks were rejoined to the city grid, improving vehicle circulation and pedestrian access. The streetscape has been finished in brick pavers and granite curbs flanked with trees.

Throughout the site, we were sensitive and thoughtful with our designs. To accommodate 139 hotel guest rooms for example, we added a third story — to what was originally a two-story footprint.

Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, 1957
exterior photo of the Bottleworks Hotel
Bottleworks District, 2022
Third Floor Addition

A New Addition

The profile is stepped-back from the street, and a glazing system slopes away from the facade so as not to detract from the original sightlines. By removing the central roof and floor, we also created a new courtyard for guest-room garden views.

Third Floor Room

Historic Heart

As a factory, the sprawling building’s forest of concrete columns created a generally open plan. The original spaces that could be considered room-like were few: the filler room and lobby rotunda with spiral stair along Massachusetts Avenue and a suite of offices and a lab on the second floor. RATIO’s designers placed these historic spaces at the heart of the new hotel experience.

Filler Room

“Cleanliness and food safety were paramount to the selling of the product,” Browne, Jr., FAIA says. “They decided that the filler room needed to be highly visible to the public.” Thus, the grand tiled space that opens directly to Massachusetts Avenue via an open bronze storefront. The bottles would come out and be filled in front of your eyes, then would go back behind the wall and have a cap put on, would be set up and crated and shipped out.

Interior photo of a hotel lobby with people
Bottleworks Hotel Lobby


The filler room was the obvious choice for the hotel’s lobby as its ornate ceramic tile walls, terrazzo floors, and plaster ceilings were substantially intact.

“We had a ceramicist hand make all of the tiles that were damaged,” RATIO Interior Design Associate Michelle Heltzel says. “The colors were symbolic of the different flavorings that went into Coca-Cola.”

A New Destination

Visitors and locals alike will experience the site as both a historic gem and a contemporary gathering place. They’ll peruse the record store, grab a drink or two in the beer hall, get a haircut, or see a film at the arts cinema. A festive atmosphere will spill out from the Garage food hall to the brick-paved pathways, as catenary lights hang overhead. For nearly fifty years, Bottleworks was partitioned off from the public. It was a barrier. Now, it will be a destination.

Carrollton Street

You’re immediately struck by the scale of the streets in between the existing buildings and the attention to detail of those buildings, which is just beautiful.

Thomas Gallagher PLA, LFA
Principal / Urban Design

I enjoy breathing new life into a historic building, layering in its different timelines. Over its lifetime, Bottleworks has changed from an industrial factory to an underutilized, isolated storage facility to a restaurant, hotel, retail, and office space – full of vitality.

Jeff Milliken AIA, LEED AP
Principal / Architecture