Indianapolis' Herron-Morton Place Historic District

Real Estate Agent with Community Association Manager

morton homeIndianapolis is a city with some fascinating historic districts located in the downtown area.  One of these neighborhoods is Herron-Morton Place.  The boundaries of the neighborhood are East 16th Street on the south, East 22nd Street on the north, the alley west of North Pennsylvania on the west, and the alley east of Central Avenue on the east.

Once known as one of Indianapolis' most elegant residential neighborhoods.  Its name coming from the Indiana governor, Oliver Morton.  This was home to many celebrated politicians, physicians, business leaders, and artists. Indiana artists T. C. Steele and William Forsythe founded their famed art school in 1888 in the same area.

The land that this neighborhood was built on, originally was purchased by the state for the Indiana State Fair Grounds.  It was an undeveloped particle of land that soon became the "Morton Camp" for Civil War prisoners.   By wars end, 15,000 rebel troops had been interned at the camp, with a peak population of 5,000 men, occurring in July of 1864. Union troops were stationed south of Camp Morton to what is now 16th Street in an encampment known as Camp Burnside.  After the war, Indiana reclaimed the fairgrounds and used them until 1890. The area was then platted for residential use and home construction began.  This neighborhood thrived until the "Great Depression" when many of the homes were divided into small apartments to rent.  From the 1950's up until the 1970's many of these homes were lost due to fire and demolition.

In 1976, the Herron-Morton Neighborhood Association formed and began to renovate and encourage people to build and help control crime and destruction.  In 1986 the neighborhood was added to the National Historic Register and became an historical preservation.

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The Herron-Morton District historic homes reflect many architectural styles including Queen Anne, Italianate, Tudor, Arts & Crafts, Cottage, and Colonial Revival styles, and the neighborhood shows off some of these breath-taking examples of Indianapolis history every two years in their tour of homes.   All of the above pictures are homes that are currently listed for sale by various brokers.  Prices ranging from $249,900 - $659,900. 

Old Postcard(Old Postcard from Indyscribe)  It is my understanding that in the mid 80's - 1990's Indiana Historic Preservation Commission Put together a home history on every home that was still standing at that time.  If you are interested in purchasing a home in this area and would like to know more about its history, contacting the Indiana Historic Preservation Commission is your best place to start.  If you would like a copy of the Herron-Morton Plan please visit Herron Morton Plan (1986)

If you would like to own a piece of Indianapolis history, then Herron-Morton place is one of many older neighborhoods located in the downtown area.  Please visit for more Indianapolis Area information.



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Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
ok.. I want to come visit and have you as a tour guide - wow great photos of some great houses
Apr 24, 2007 02:55 PM #1
Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN
I love this place, neat post Cyndi.
Apr 25, 2007 12:32 AM #2
Jennifer Kirby
Kirby Fine Homes - Minneapolis, MN
The Luxury Agent
You should post these in two groups, one is called Historic Homes, and the other is architecture and dings. It is a growing group for those that appreciate history and architecture. It is fun to see what other cities offer, so make sure to add them!
Apr 25, 2007 04:18 AM #3
Danny Smith
Very cool Cynthia! It reminds me of the St. Williams District in San Antonio when I lived there in the 80's.
Apr 25, 2007 10:06 AM #4
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174


A beautiful job!! I love the historic districts and the older homes.

Apr 26, 2007 06:55 AM #5
Jennifer Martin
Letting License Expire in June 2010 - Santa Claus, IN
Cyndi - those are absolutely GORGEOUS homes!! That's one thing I miss about NY - the TRUE Victorians w/ Gingerbread and cotton candy colors. The closet I seem to be able to get over in Spencer/Dubois County Indiana is over in Huntingburg, Jasper and some parts of Ferdinand but they just aren't the same as in the City. I hope we can find a reason to take a trip to Indy this summer and you can give us a grand tour :).
Apr 27, 2007 01:50 AM #6
Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN
Thanks everyone for reading my post.  I hope to do a few more of these neighborhoods, it is fun learning about them.  And Jennifer, let us know if you ever get over this way.
Apr 27, 2007 02:39 PM #7
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Great post on a great neighborhood, Cynthia. Your photos really give the flavor of the place.
Apr 28, 2007 08:32 AM #8
Steve Dalton
219-465-8352 - Valparaiso, IN
Northwest Indiana Home Builder
I really like the postcard, I know the area and have driven it a couple times since the 80's.  I love seeing a home that's perhaps 120 years old, where someone has really put the time and money into making it a work of art.
Apr 29, 2007 01:08 AM #9
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