2018 HUNI
Annual Meeting

  • Saturday, February 3rd, 9 a.m. till 12 noon at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, 1029 Fletcher Ave.
  • May 3rd
  • August 2nd
  • November 1st

   All meetings held at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 N Central Ave from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

        Click here for annual dues form.

Latest Events

Check out HUNI's GREAT fall lineup  
of "Upcoming Events" below!

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Tips and resources for researching your Home.

We've added HUNI minutes to the website. If you missed a meeting, you can review minutes from 2013 to the most recently approved minutes. Visit the HUNI Minutes main page.

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Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis - or HUNI as it is more commonly known - was formed in 1980 as a gathering place and resource for some of the oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods in Indianapolis.

Our website is designed to expand the reach of HUNI to all residents of Indianapolis, as well as to visitors who may have an interest in the historic areas of our city. Here you will find information on many of Indianapolis' historic neighborhoods, all in one place. The HUNI site also contains helpful information for neighborhood associations to support their work, ideas on how to do research on the history of your home or your office building, and activities occurring in Indianapolis' historic neighborhoods.       


Profiles in Preservation

Marsh Davis, Indiana Landmarks President

Julia Pratt, HUNI Editorial Board member and resident of historic Old Speedway City, interviewed Marsh Davis to gain some insight into his views on issues facing historic preservation and his background from a Preservation Intern to President of Indiana Landmarks. Click here for the Marsh Davis interview.

Upcoming Events

HUNI Annual Meeting: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

For a complete listing of today's events "in progress," and to find additional events in HUNI neighborhoods, central Indiana cities, or national preservation events, please visit the calendar here

Latest News

Donovan Rypkema Speaks in Indy Nov 30th

National Preservation Guru Rypkema Gives Sneak Peek of Preservation’s Impact on Indy in Free Lecture

On November 30th Donovan Rypkema speaks on “The Value and Values of Preservation” at a free lecture at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 N Central Avenue. Nationally-recognized for his and his firm’s analytical research on the impacts of historic preservation, Rypkema will give a sneak peek of a recent study on preservation’s impact on Indy’s property values, economic values, cultural values, business values.  The full study will be available early in 2018. “We’re learning and documenting more each year about the multiple ways historic buildings and neighborhoods add value to a city,” noted Rypkema. Indiana Landmarks hired PlaceEconomics to analyze the economic contributions of historic preservation to the City of Indianapolis. Doors open with a cash bar at 5:30 p.m., followed by Rypkema’s talk and Q&A, 6-7:00 p.m. Tickets are limited; sign up on EventBrite today!

IHPC recognized at November Council Meeting

City County Council recognizes the Indiana Historic Preservation Commission on its 50th Anniversary during the November 6 2017 Council meeting. Representatives of HUNI were invited on stage to celebrate the moment with David Baker, retiring Chair of IHPC.

IHPC Celebrates 50th Anniversary
in 2017

In honor of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission’s (IHPC) 50th anniversary, the Department of Metropolitan Development launched a summer-long social media campaign highlighting each of the IHPC’s 18 historic districts. Each week DMD is featuring a different district, and each day will feature a different historical landmark ithin that district. DMD is encouraging residents to post a selfie of themselves at each location to either Twitter or Facebook.

HUNI has been reposting many of these on its social media accounts: @HUNIindy on both Twitter and Facebook. 

Here is a link to all of the special events associated with the 50th Anniversary. 

IDEM Announces Indy Ground Water Contamination Investigation

Includes several historic neighborhoods

IDEM sent letters in mid-July notifiying thousands of residents -- including many HUNI Neighborhood -- that their area is being investigated for Ground Water Contamination. The site investigation area is bordered by 35th St. to the north, Holt Rd. to the west, Washington St. to the south, and Central Ave. to the east.

The letter explains "In 2013, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) received notice from Citizens Energy Group (Citizens) that low levels of contaminants had been detected in the “raw,” untreated ground water at certain wells located within its Riverside and White River well fields. Although low levels of contamination were detected in raw water samples from a small number of Citizens’ production wells, testing has confirmed that finished drinking water being delivered by Citizens to homes and businesses meets all Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.

On August 17th IDEM hosted an information session on this issue. Click here for a link to the full letter. Click here to be linked to the IDEM site.

Irvington Biking Tour

Irvington & Garfield Park - A note of thanks

In this season of sharing and giving, HUNI extends sincere appreciation to the Irvington and Garfield Park neighborhoods for their participation in developing a new pilot program for historic neighborhood walking and biking tours. Much time and effort went into this project by neighborhood residents as well as Indiana Landmarks' staff. The highly-successful tours were a joint project between Indiana Landmarks and HUNI. Click here for a recap of these tours.

IndyHub Pres Molly Chavers
Chavers speaks at HUNI 4thQ meeting on Indy Hub's mission

IndyHub Featured at Nov. 2nd

 HUNI Quarterly Meeting

HUNI welcomed Molly Chavers to its November 2nd quarterly meeting. Molly is Executive Director of IndyHub–a network, resource, and advocate for Indianapolis’ twenty- and thirty-somethings, providing a space to connect with people, community organizations and the city. IndyHub’s mission is to work to eliminate barriers through a culture of accessibility, regular outreach and relevant programs. Click here for Molly's bio. Click here to learm more about connecting with Indy Hub and its exciting activities for twenty- and thirty-somethings.


August HUNI Quarterly Meeting Shares Strategies to

'Fire Up' Neighborhood Participation   

HUNI reps gathered on August 3rd for a whiteboard discussion of ideas that have increased participation and engagement in their neighborhood. The core of HUNI’s mission is facilitating and helping neighborhoods, and in that vein, Marjorie Kienle (immediate past president) facilitated the discussion amongst reps. The group shared a recap of social events and communication methods which brought out the crowds.  Making the meeting fun, including refreshments and lasting no more than an hour were key tips.

IndyGo Transit Plan Continuing to Make Progress towards 2019 Opening

Planning work is continuing on IndyGo's mission of expanding service and availability of Mass Transit in Indy. Phase 1 of the Transit Plan calls for the introduction of a new bus rapid transit line (i.e. The Red Line) running from Broad Ripple on the north side to University of Indianapolis on the south side. This new line will provide more frequent service with fewer stops, connecting area residents with more places to work, shop, and experience our great city. 

Phase 2 of the Plan funds transit improvements and expansion for a Blue Line and Purple lines. Here’s a link to more details: http://www.indygo.net/transitplan/ 

If you would like to learn more about IndyGo’s mission to restore, increase, and better transit service throughout the city – visit www.IndyGo.net/redline.

Click here if you'd like a visual overview of the impact of transit on our community and future steps for adopting a strategic Marion County Transit Plan.

Timing for the opening of the Red Line remains 2019 with a bulk of the Line's construction set to start early in 2018. This Line touches a number of Indy's Historic Neighborhoods. HUNI remains supportive of the transformative nature provided by expanded service of public transportation.

The Indiana Album

Do you have old photographs of Indianapolis or other cities and towns in Indiana? The Indiana Album is a nonprofit organization that copies, catalogs, and shares historic images. It seeks photos, postcards, and graphics from all eras of houses, farms, businesses, streetscenes, churches, school, clubs, events, and interesting or influential people.

Contact info@indianaalbum.com if you'd like to schedule a scan-a-thon for your neighborhood. Thanks for helping to preserve Indiana History. 

Ransom Place Named by Mayor Hogsett

'Indy Neighborhood of the Month'

Mayor Joe Hogsett named Ransom Place as the City’s ‘Neighborhood of the Month’ for February, 2017. The Neighborhood of the Month initiative features an important area of the Indianapolis community each month and includes events and service projects by various City departments. This month, Mayor Hogsett will highlight Ransom Place in a joint celebration of the area and its role as the oldest African-American neighborhood in Indianapolis during this month of observance. Established in 1897 Ransom Place was put on the National Register of Historic Places as the most intact 19th-century African-American neighborhood in Indianapolis. Members of the community have celebrated its legacy by actively working towards preserving the infrastructure and promoting the history of the area.

"Ransom Place is a neighborhood defined by rich history and passionate residents with incredible amounts of civic pride,” explains City County Councillor Vop Osili. “The residents value the legacy of this area, and what it means to the fabric and richness of Indianapolis. I am thrilled to highlight this neighborhood during Black History Month and look forward to celebrating Ransom Place throughout February.” Click here to see the full news release.

Fletcher Place Named Neighborhood of the Year

Congrats to HUNI Member Neighborhood Fletcher Place on their recent title "Neighborhood of the Year" by Neighborhoods USA. Fletcher Place beat neighborhoods across America in Iowa, Washington, Nebraska & TX for this prestigious honor. See more here

Current Issues

In 2015 Indy's City County Council asked DMD to review digital billboards as part of sign ordinance revamp

Relevant Articles, Updates,
and Background Info

Don't think digital billboards impact you? Watch this video about a Toronto community which allowed digital billboards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qlRkg4zFDI  

For previous articles on this topic, please reference the City & State: Digital Billooards page.


Downtown Indy

Downtown Indy shares info on a dozen Historic Neighborhoods within its new city map

Downtown Indy recently updated its map of downtown cultural amenities, parks, hotels, and restaurants. The new map features more than a dozen HUNI neighborhoods within the urban core. For additional information on Downtown Indy projects or to access their extensive events database, visit their website. Here's a direct link to the Neighborhood portion of the website.