Terre Haute Visitor's Guide 2019 - Page 62

General Business Information A visit to downtown Terre Haute in 2019 may reveal a plethora of construction activity geared toward a new $25 million convention center. That anticipated project will bring two new downtown parking garages, along with a new downtown hotel, all in support of the 42,800 square-foot new convention center, to house the Larry Bird Museum, the only museum to be sanctioned by the basketball legend in the Hoosier state. The museum will be located on the building’s southeast corner. Bird played for Indiana State University from 1976 to 1979, when ISU lost to Michigan State 75-64 in the NCAA tourney championship game. Bird was the National Player of the Year that season, when the Sycamores finished 33-1. Bird wore No. 33 at ISU, which the university has since retired. After completing his college career at ISU, Bird went on to become an NBA all-star with the Boston Celtics, where he led the Celtics to three NBA championships. He was also an Olympian and an Indiana Pacers NBA coach and executive. In 2013, a large bronze statue of Bird was unveiled in front of ISU’s Hulman Center. The new convention center’s main area will hold up to 1,000 people in a theater seating configuration. The center will have up to six different configurations. Construction is slated for completion in late 2020 or in the first quarter of 2021. Another new venue in Terre Haute’s downtown is the Vigo County History Center, at 929 Wabash Avenue. The unique building features an exhibit telling the story of the “Birthplace of the Coke Bottle.” The now worldwide recognized bottle was created in 1915 by The Root Ken Ramsay, Glass Company, pictured, and which won a Joe Everhart renovated the competition in former Simrell’s which they created building which is the glass Coke now home to Bar bottle’s distinctive Bosco on south contoured design, Seventh Street. The history Selling Dodge Cars and Ram Trucks “Voted Best Place to Buy Trucks” 3 years running! P L A - C O S I EP E M P L O Y EE S No Doc Fees • No Games Michael Tom's V igo D oDge , i nc . 888-310-1293 812-234-2615 www.vigododge.com Across from the Fairgrounds Terre Haute Remember...Get A Vigo Dodge Price! 62 • Guide to Terre Haute | GENERAL BUSINESS L I V E & W O R K Y L L C A L O center building has its own history. It was built in 1895 by the Ehrmann family, housing the Ehrmann Manufacturing Co., which produced pants, overalls, shirts and jackets. Renowned poet Max Ehrmann worked in the family business as the company’s credit manager and attorney. In 1940, the Ehrmann building was sold, and it housed a variety of businesses until it became the Glidden Furniture store in 1970. The Vigo County Historical Society purchased the three-story building in 2012. Other museum exhibits include River, Roads & Rails; Business & Industry and Main Street. There’s also Historic Hauteans Gallery; Art & Entertainment; Clothing & Textlies; County History and Military History. An auditorium on the third floor can hold 130 people and event center can seat 100 people for dinners and banquets. There’s other new things to see in Terre Haute in 2019, such as a blast into the past with a visit to Moon Lite Drive-In Theater, at