The Old Northside neighborhood is a relatively small area that is jam-packed with historical sites along its tree-lined streets. One of the area’s highlights is the Indiana Landmarks building, the headquarters of historic preservation in the state. In addition to the organization’s offices, the beautifully renovated 19th century church has a performing arts hall and event rooms for rent to the public. A block away is another Indiana Landmarks historic preservation success story, the grand Morris-Butler House museum.
Harrison Center for Arts, just down the street from the stately Benjamin Harrison Home museum, houses studio and gallery space for some of Indianapolis’ most notable local artists. The monthly First Friday events attract a lively group of art lovers of all ages. Across the street from the Harrison Center, is the Propylaeum, a grand old mansion that was once home to the premiere women’s club in the city. It now offers simple yet elegant meals in its café, self-guided tours, and concerts in the carriage house.
Built in 1923, the historic Penn Arts apartment building on 16th Street is home to the Thirsty Scholar café, a bakery, hairdresser,a vintage clothing shop, and Indy Downtown Community Acupuncture clinic. And just a short walk away from the neighborhood is the recently renovated Marion County Central Library.
If you’re ready to explore this unique neighborhood further, check out the Old Northside Historic Neighborhood website for a walking map and insider information about life in this vintage district.