If you’re drawn to the charms of late 19th and early 20th century dwellings on cobblestone and brick streets, Lockerbie Square may be your next home. It’s the oldest surviving neighborhood in Indianapolis, located just northeast of downtown. The residents have long participated in historic preservation of these grand old homes, and was the city’s first neighborhood to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. It has the reputation as being a quiet and friendly refuge in a convenient location.
The area includes single family dwellings in the same blocks as historic homes such as the James Whitcomb Riley house museum, but also includes loft spaces in converted factories. Attractions you can walk to include the imposing Athenaeum (home of restaurants, a bar, a beer garden, and a YMCA), the Old National Centre (A-list performances in the classic Deco-design Murat Theatre), and live theater at the Phoenix. Nearby Massachusetts Avenue offers a variety of lively dining and entertainment options to please any taste.
If you’d like to explore this historic neighborhood area on foot, the informational neighborhood association website offers a walking tour of the area, detailed history, and a FAQ to welcome new residents to the fold. Or see photos of this charming neighborhood on the Downtown Indy website.