Welcome to the Chatham Arch Neighborhood
Won’t you consider joining us as we work to improve our beloved little corner of downtown Indianapolis?
Mark your calendar for the next Chatham Arch Neighborhood Association general membership meeting. We meet on the last Tuesday of every month, except December.
- When: 6:30PM social hour, followed by 7PM meeting.
- Where: Firefighters Union Building, 748 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis
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 2023 CANA meeting dates:
- January 31, 2023
- February 28, 2023
- March 28, 2023
- April 25, 2023 – LOCATION (this meeting only): TBD
- May 30, 2023
- June 27, 2023
- July 25, 2023
- August 29, 2023
- September 26, 2023
- October 24, 2023 (week early due to Halloween 🎃)
- November 28, 2023 (Annual Meeting)
- December – no meeting
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.