(Sept. 7, 1903- Oct. 15, 1980). Adolph Gustav Wolter was born in Reutlingen, Germany, and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart before immigrating to Minneapolis in 1922. He moved to Indianapolis in 1933 to carve the sculptured figure reliefs for the indiana state library building. He graduated from Herron School Of Art and taught sculpture at the Indianapolis Art League.

A man works on a small sculpture of a person on a horse.
Adolf Wolter, n.d. Credit: Indiana University Indianapolis View Source

His local achievements include a bust of Crispus Attucks (1943) for Crispus Attucks High School, a fountain statue in University Park (1973), and the Louis Chevrolet memorial at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1975). He carved the exterior stone and interior religious figures that grace Second Presbyterian Church (1958), Broadway United Methodist Church, Christ Church Cathedral, and Meridian Street Methodist Church, and figures at Washington Park Cemetery East. He designed and produced the CASPER award for the Community Service Council.

Wolter’s Indiana exterior designs also adorn buildings at Purdue, DePauw, and Ball State Universities. One significant memorial he designed is The Four Freedoms, completed in Detroit in 1948.

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