500 Wabash Ave
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Ground Floor Retail
Thompson Thrift recently completed this five-story retail and housing complex which incorporates urban and contemporary architectural features. The attractive structure creates a new landmark in the heart of downtown Terre Haute.
Thompson Thrift worked with ISU to identify several potential locations, eventually selecting the 500 block of Wabash Avenue. The site had several old buildings that had been vacant for many years. An early consideration to incorporate those buildings into the design proved to be too costly due to differing foundation conditions and different floor levels. Additionally, the buildings ranged from three to five stories. The design of the new 500 Wabash project utilized several building materials in an effort to provide the appearance of multiple downtown buildings. The project provides 75 apartment units for 260 students on the upper four floors, and approximately 22,000 square feet at ground level for shops, office, and restaurant space.