For over 120 years the Indianapolis City Market was crowded with buyers and sellers. But after World War II, suburban living and supermarket chains emptied its aisles and closed its stalls. The old marketplace, once a treasure, was becoming a burden to the city. However, that changed with the revival of downtown Indianapolis in the early 1970s. The Market was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974 and a $4.7 million restoration was completed in 1977.