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.

Please keep an eye on this page, and on your email inbox, for updates about upcoming meetings, as in-person gatherings are often being canceled during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 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 – canceled due to governor’s order regarding COVID-19.
  • May 26, 2020.
  • June 23, 2020.
  • July 28, 2020 – canceled due to coronavirus.
  • Aug. 25, 2020 – canceled.
  • Sept. 22, 2020.
  • Oct. 27, 2020.
  • Nov. 24, 2020 – Our annual meeting will be conducted by Zoom video. All members will receive an email with particulars in the week before. Email us if you want to attend the virtual meeting. This is a change from the in-person meeting we promised in a recent Urban Times – we are adjusting to the times as the pandemic plays out. “Social hour” will begin at 6:30 p.m., so log on and visit with neighbors if you wish!
  • December – no meeting currently scheduled.

Chatham Brew Fest postponed to 2021

Well, we really wanted to follow up our 2019 Chatham Brew Fest, a roaring success, with another great event in 2020, but the coronavirus has changed our plans.

Please keep an eye on this page for news about our 2021 Chatham Brew Fest. Surely we’ll be able to have such an event in 2021 – right? Yes? Of course!

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 2021!

Event will be 3 to 7 p.m.

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.