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!

  • When: 6:30 p.m. social hour, followed by 7 p.m. 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!

Remaining 2019 CANA meeting dates:

  • Nov. 26, 2019.
  • December – no meeting currently scheduled.

Groundhog Day Wine Tasting Party

Dancing groundhog holding a glass of red wine.

Join us for this fun annual event, featuring a selection of wines and appetizers, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost is $26 for CANA members in advance, and $30 at the door or non-CANA member. Location is Liberty Street, 653 Massachusetts Avenue. Must be 21 or older.

Four ways to pay:

  • By check at a neighborhood meeting.
  • Mail a check (preferably with your membership application and fee!) to CANA, PO Box 441125, Indianapolis IN 46244-1125.
  • Add it to your online membership application by checking the box “I’d like to donate to/pay for an upcoming event”.
  • Fill out the Event Donation form and submit with payment.

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.