Welcome to the Chatham Arch neighborhood

Won’t you consider joining us as we work to improve our beloved little corner of downtown Indianapolis?

Upcoming meetings

Mark your calendar for the next Chatham Arch Neighborhood Association general membership meeting. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December.

  • When: 6:30 p.m. social hour, followed by 7 p.m. meeting.
  • Where: Firefighters Union Building, 748 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis (please note the August exception).

If you haven’t yet joined, please consider doing so, either in advance or at the meeting. We accept cash, check, charge card and most app payments!

Here are the 2020 CANA meeting dates:

  • March 24, 2020.
  • April 28, 2020.
  • May 26, 2020.
  • June 23, 2020.
  • July 28, 2020.
  • Aug. 25, 2020 – at Allen Chapel AME Church, 637 E. 11th Street.
  • Sept. 22, 2020.
  • Oct. 27, 2020.
  • Nov. 24, 2020 – featuring a 6 p.m. extended social time for the holiday season.
  • December – no meeting currently scheduled.

Chatham Brew Fest on June 20

For 25 years, craft-beverage enthusiasts have flocked to the 700 block of Park Avenue in downtown Indianapolis for one of the longest-running brew festivals in the state. Mark your calendar for our continuation of this tradition in 2020!

Event will be 3 to 7 p.m.

Tickets available soon!

Learn more at chathambrewfest.org.

About the Chatham Arch Neighborhood

The Chatham Arch historic district in the northeast corner of downtown Indianapolis is a neighborhood of both historical and architectural significance. Its irregular street pattern, most of it dating to before the Civil War, recalls life in Indianapolis when the city was just beginning to expand beyond the original Mile Square plat.

The area also boasts a group of Civil War-era workers’ cottages on Arch, St. Clair and 9th streets. These houses represent the presence of working people in the early stages of Indianapolis’ growth into an industrial metropolis. Only a few pockets of these 1860s and early-1870s cottages survive in the downtown.

The northern portion of Chatham Arch illustrates an unusual mixture of housing types. Here, workers’ cottages, middle-class residences, rental duplexes, apartment buildings and flats, commercial buildings with second-floor sleeping rooms, and a few large homes of the wealthy all existed at the turn of the century.

Massachusetts Avenue is the primary commercial district in Chatham Arch, and it exhibits several fine post-Civil War and early-20th-century commercial buildings, which recall the close relationship between the neighborhood merchants on the Avenue and the neighborhoods to the north and south. The Real Silk Hosiery Mills complex, formerly home of one of the country’s main silk hosiery factories, is evidence of the neighborhood’s industrial significance.