The St. Joseph Historic Neighborhood is a historic district in downtown Indianapolis, and is bounded by Interstate I-65, Central Ave., Ft. Wayne Ave. and Pennsylvania St. It has a vibrant urban mix of business and residential—its architectural history spans the city's growth and development during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, from the Civil War to present day. Historically, the area was developed just beyond the Mile Square (the business district) and was of a transitional nature for the residential neighborhoods to the north, incorporating an eclectic mix of businesses and residential. It was not uncommon for the proprietors in those days, to live above their establishments in their second-floor residences.
St. Joseph residential architecture spans virtually the entire history of Indianapolis since the 1860's with good examples of Italianate, Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival, Tudor Revival, Nineteenth Century Commercial, Renaissance Revival, and Carpenter-builder. Of special note are two frame Civil War-era cottages, 215-217 Tenth Street and 238 St. Joseph Street, and a commercial building of early 1860's construction, 926 N. Alabama Street. Also of particular interest are the four sets of row houses, which are extremely rare in Indianapolis, and a plethora of 1920s era apartment flats (buildings).
The St. Joseph Historic Neighborhood has an active association with monthly meetings to serve as an open forum for discussion and participation, whether a homeowner, an apartment dweller, or a commercial business in the area. Along with our annual neighborhood cleanup, National Night Out picnic in August and a holiday party in December, we have active Crime Watch and Adopt-a-block programs to keep our streets safe and clean.
St. Joseph Historic Neighborhood Association Board of Directors: