#TeachServeLeadNeighborhood Highlights October 4, 2021

Old Northside Neighborhood

This week, I’m highlighting the Downtown Indianapolis neighborhood of Old Northside. As a historic preservation area, the neighborhood has been able to protect the late 1800s and early 1900s homes and add in new construction that complements the original character.  The neighborhood enjoys a close proximity to I-70 and I-65 for interstate access while also offering a short commute to downtown, including Mass Ave and BottleWorks.

Some of the great neighborhood highlights include:

English Ivy’s: A neighborhood Pub

Tinker Street: Upscale seasonal, locally-sourced restaurant

Ovid Butler House: Historic home of the politician and newspaper publisher

The Propylaeum: A community and event space

There are great homes for sale in the area. Please check out 221 E. 13th Street to see an option for owning your own slice of the Old Northside. Call, text, or email me with questions!

This is the Butler-McGibney house. It was built by Thomas and Mary Butler. The first residents were Hugh and Grace McGibeny.  McGibeny (1868-1960) was a member of the McGibeny Family, a musical touring group billed as the “Largest Musical Family in the World.” He was a founder of the old Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and served as concert master from 1898-1910. For 40 years he taught violin at the Metropolitan School of Music, a forerunner of the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music (Butler).  Grace McGibeny, his wife, was also a faculty member at the Metropolitan School of Music. Active in public affairs, she aided in the organization of the Indianapolis chapter of the American Red Cross and served as a member of its executive committee. She was also a member of the Mayor’s Committee for the Department of Public Welfare. The McGibenys left this address about 1922. (quoted from link above) You could be next!