Block party will feature live music, games and more

Chatham Arch Neighborhood Block Party will be Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Mark your calendar for the Chatham Arch neighborhood block party, 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Firefighters Union Hall Parking Plaza (corner of East St. Clair Street and College Avenue).

This family-friendly event is open to all Chatham Arch residents. There will be yard games, door prizes, a silent auction and live music (some really good live music! – details to come) throughout the evening.

See the Events page for full details!

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 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 working man’s presence 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 along College Avenue.