HUNI 2017 Meetings

  • Thursday, August 3rd
  • Thursday, November 2nd

Most quarterly meetings are held at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Click here for annual dues form.

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Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis - or HUNI as it is more commonly known - was formed in 1980 as a gathering place and resource for some of the oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods in Indianapolis.

Our website is designed to expand the reach of HUNI to all residents of Indianapolis, as well as to visitors who may have an interest in the historic areas of our city. Here you will find information on many of Indianapolis' historic neighborhoods, all in one place. The HUNI site also contains helpful information for neighborhood associations to support their work, ideas on how to do research on the history of your home or your office building, and activities occurring in Indianapolis' historic neighborhoods.       


Profiles in Preservation

Marsh Davis, Indiana Landmarks President

Julia Pratt, HUNI Editorial Board member and resident of historic Old Speedway City, interviewed Marsh Davis to gain some insight into his views on issues facing historic preservation and his background from a Preservation Intern to President of Indiana Landmarks. Click here for the Marsh Davis interview.

Upcoming Events

August 3, 2017
Indiana Landmarks Centre
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
HUNI Quarterly Meeting.....
November 2, 2017
Indiana Landmarks Centre
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
HUNI Quarterly Meeting.....

For a complete listing of today's events "in progress," and to find additional events in HUNI neighborhoods, central Indiana cities, or national preservation events, please visit the calendar here

Latest News

St. John's Church. Photo courtesy of the IBJ.

German Church saved through generous donations

Crowdfunding campaign raises $75,640. 

The 100-year-old church at the corner of German Church Road and Washington Street was once again in jeopardy of being demolished earlier this month, but amazing efforts of the Town of Cumberland, Indiana Landmarks, and nearly 100 donors saved this property from which German Church Road takes its name. The Federal housing tax credits that were required to redevelop the property as senior housing were delayed by the federal budget process. The church congregation of St John's (owner of the church) requested $75,000 be raised and paid to them by early May for the building's upkeep. Otherwise, church leadership said the building would come down on June 1.

Indianapolis-based TWG Development LLC has agreed to buy the building, contingent upon the awarding of affordable-housing tax credits. TWG has a strong track record for redeveloping historic buildings for housing. Its projects include Illinois Street Senior Apartments, Fall Creek Place and Constitution Gardens.

“We have worked with the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA), which put the project on a waitlist, and we are hopeful that the federal tax credits will eventually come through,” said Joe Whitsett of TWG.

In 2015, when it looked likely that the church would be demolished for a 24-hour convenience store and gas station, thousands of individuals and groups mobilized to voice their support for saving the historic structure. The gas station proposal was withdrawn and TWG came forward with its proposal for reuse.

“A lot of people see the German Church as a landmark and want to see it saved,” said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks, a private nonprofit organization that saves meaningful places. “It could take on new life and serve the community once again if enough donors sign on to help.”

Here's a link to the WRTV-Channel 6 report on the success of the fundraising efforts.


INDYGo Featured at HUNI May Quarterly Meeting

Designers discuss the look of RED LINE & BLUE LINE Shelters in neighborhoods

HUNI's second quarter meeting on May 4th featured members of the design team tasked with implementing the design changes to the Red Line and Blue Line shelters after the national competition winner was announced. Lee Lohman, a design consultant with CDM Smith, walked HUNI reps through how the individual structures will look, and how they will integrate in their surroundings. Lohman was joined by the IndyGo team: LaTeeka Washington, Project Analyst and an expert in construction management; and Jerome A. Horne, Special Transit Projects Coordinator. Designs are in the final stages and building could start by late Fall. 

Irvington Walking Tour. Photo by Barb Beeker, Indiana Landmarks

Historic Neighborhood Walking & Bike Tours

Historic Irvington

Irvington hosted a sold out walking tour and popular bike tour this month during Preservation Month. The May 18 walking tour showcased historic Irvington south of Washington Street, including the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, Benton House, and South Irvington Circle Park. The May 20 bike tour showcased historic Irvington both north and south of Washington Street. Unfortunately rain forced the cancellation of the bike tour part way through, but guests were able to enjoy sites north of Washington Street including the Irvington United Methodist Church. The district is protected by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. IHPC staff shared the commission’s history and involved in the neighborhood at both tours. The Irvington tours were presented by Indiana Landmarks and HUNI with support from the Irvington Historical Society.

Garfield Park

Next up is a walking and bike tour of Garfield Park on September 14 and 16. Guides on the walking and bike tours relate the history of the area and its revitalization. Participants will see the range in house styles, get the scoop on average sale prices, and see the interior of one or more buildings. Both the walking and bicycle tours are timed entry and require an advance ticket. The 90-minute walking tours on September 14th depart every 15 minutes from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The bike tour will occur on September 16th, times TBA. Indiana Landmarks members receive a discount. Walking tour tickets ($10/pp) and bike tour tickets ($20/pp) will be available later this summer on Eventbrite. Ticket buyers will receive directions on where to meet, as well as a short list of restaurants and taverns in the area. Indiana Landmarks presents the tours with HUNI.



IndyGo Transit Plan Receives Final Approval

Historic Neighborhoods were pleased Marion County voters agreed that the Transit Plan needs to move forward. On February 27th the City County Council approved by a vote of 17-9 mass transit funding for the community. Mass transit passed November's referrendum by a 60+% margin, moved forward from the County's County's Rules and Policy Committee and rexeived final Council approval on Feb 27th. The Council authorized the full .25 cents for every $100 of Income option proposed by the November 2016 Referrendum. Here's a news release on the Council vote. (Want to know how to thank your City County Councillor? Clicking here.)

Phase 1 of the Transit Plan calls for the introduction of a new bus rapid transit line (i.e. The Red Line) running from Broad Ripple on the north side to University of Indianapolis on the south side. This new line will provide more frequent service with fewer stops, connecting area residents with more places to work, shop, and experience our great city. 

Phase 2 of the Plan funds transit improvements and expansion for a Blue Line and Purple lines. Here’s a link to more details: http://www.indygo.net/transitplan/ 

If you would like to learn more about IndyGo’s mission to restore, increase, and better transit service throughout the city – visit www.IndyGo.net/redline.

Click here if you'd like a visual overview of the impact of transit on our community and future steps for adopting a strategic Marion County Transit Plan.

Ransom Place Named by Mayor Hogsett 'Indy Neighborhood of the Month'

Mayor Joe Hogsett named Ransom Place as the City’s ‘Neighborhood of the Month’ for February, 2017. The Neighborhood of the Month initiative features an important area of the Indianapolis community each month and includes events and service projects by various City departments. This month, Mayor Hogsett will highlight Ransom Place in a joint celebration of the area and its role as the oldest African-American neighborhood in Indianapolis during this month of observance. Established in 1897 Ransom Place was put on the National Register of Historic Places as the most intact 19th-century African-American neighborhood in Indianapolis. Members of the community have celebrated its legacy by actively working towards preserving the infrastructure and promoting the history of the area.

"Ransom Place is a neighborhood defined by rich history and passionate residents with incredible amounts of civic pride,” explains City County Councillor Vop Osili. “The residents value the legacy of this area, and what it means to the fabric and richness of Indianapolis. I am thrilled to highlight this neighborhood during Black History Month and look forward to celebrating Ransom Place throughout February.” Click here to see the full news release.

DMD Expects Surveys on Sign Preferences and Digital Billboards to be re-distributed  

In September the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) launched the process of updating the city’s Sign Ordinance with the help of a Task Force comprised of 30 community members.  The next step in this process was to solicit feedback from the Indianapolis community on their preferences and thoughts on signs. Indy residents had the chance to share their preferences on both signage and billboards over the winter holidays. It was suggested at the HUNI's annual meeting that the surveys might be reopened for additional input. If that happens, we'll have those links posted on both the HUNI website and HUNI's Facebook Page. 

For more information on the sign ordinance revision Task Force, please visit here.


Indy Rezone Speaker Featured at HUNI's 2017 Annual Meeting

HUNI hosted Tammara Tracy, at its annual meeting on February 4, 2017 in a discussion of Indy Rezone, the new zoning ordinance that impacts every neighborhood in Marion County. This YouTube video presents some importance points of this ordinance changes.  

By way of background, on April 1, 2016, Indianapolis-Marion County began using a NEW set of rules to govern development, the first comprehensive change since 1969. The new Consolidated Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance, affectionately called Indy Rezone, updates the City's zoning ordinances and associated development regulations to be more sustainable and more livable. The places of our community, how they are built and physically arranged, affected us in a myriad of ways. The effects impact us collectively and individually; some we consciously recognize, while others are subliminal. Zoning is the most common set of tools that a city uses to regulate the location, density, and standards of development to accomplish the community vision for the future and to create that place called home. Hundreds of people diligently shaped Indy Rezone; the breath of changes evaluated was substantial. 


The Indiana Album

Do you have old photographs of Indianapolis or other cities and towns in Indiana? The Indiana Album is a nonprofit organization that copies, catalogs, and shares historic images. It seeks photos, postcards, and graphics from all eras of houses, farms, businesses, streetscenes, churches, school, clubs, events, and interesting or influential people.

Contact info@indianaalbum.com if you'd like to schedule a scan-a-thon for your neighborhood. Thanks for helping to preserve Indiana History. 

Fletcher Place Named Neighborhood of the Year

Congrats to HUNI Member Neighborhood Fletcher Place on their recent title "Neighborhood of the Year" by Neighborhoods USA. Fletcher Place beat neighborhoods across America in Iowa, Washington, Nebraska & TX for this prestigious honor. See more here

Garry Chilluffo, HUNI President
Garry Chilluffo, HUNI President

Meet Garry Chilluffo
New President of HUNI 

At the 2016 Annual Meeting of HUNI, held at the Garfield Park Arts Center, HUNI representatives elected long-time St. Joseph resident and HUNI neighborhood representative Garry Chilluffo as President Garry moved into St. Joseph in 1985 and has served multiple terms as president of St Joseph Historic Neighborhood Association. He has been an advocate and supporter of HUNI and its mission for many years. He is involved in Indiana Landmarks as a docent and was named as the organization's Volunteer of the Year in 2013.  Garry was instrumental in Indiana Landmarks' Welcome and Volunteer Program during the 2013 National Trust of Historic Places National Conference in Indianapolis. Garry served as a former Board member of Riley Area Revitalization program, where he collaborated on the Regional Center update and Mass Ave revitalization. If you would like to reach Garry directly, he can be emailed at garry@chilluffo.com.

Current Issues

BZA Denies Variance Allowing New Digital BBs until After City's Sign Review is Completed

In the past two years, more than 60 Marion County neighborhoods came together to oppose digital billboards, until Indy Rezone has been completed and until Indianapolis city planners can take a comprehensive look at all sign ordinances, gather community input, review best practices from around the country, and propose what works best for our city and its residents. A discussion group began convening in August 2016 to discuss Indy Rezone. Participants include HUNI and other representatives involved in the neighborhood coalition fighting to give DMD city planners the opportunity to review digital billboards as it asseses Marion County's full signage ordinance.

Back on November 5, 2015, Indianapolis-Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) denied a variance that would have allowed one billboard company to convert two static billboards (inside the I-465 beltway on Eastside and Westside) to digital billboards. Residents from HUNI neighborhoods, as well as other neighborhood across the city, sent emails to the BZA asking it to deny this request until after the Marion County sign ordinance is reviewed. BZA agreed. 

For those following this issue nationwide, be sure to check out the following article about the moratorium of digital billboards in Reno, Nevada: City extends Moratorium on Electronic Billboards.

In 2015 Indy's City County Council asked DMD to review digital billboards as part of sign ordinance revamp

Relevant Articles, Updates,
and Background Info

Don't think digital billboards impact you? Watch this video about a Toronto community which allowed digital billboards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qlRkg4zFDI  

For previous articles on this topic, please reference the City & State: Digital Billooards page.


Downtown Indy

Downtown Indy shares info on a dozen Historic Neighborhoods within its new city map

Downtown Indy recently updated its map of downtown cultural amenities, parks, hotels, and restaurants. The new map features more than a dozen HUNI neighborhoods within the urban core. For additional information on Downtown Indy projects or to access their extensive events database, visit their website. Here's a direct link to the Neighborhood portion of the website.