St. Joseph Neighborhood Walking Tour

Kemper House - 1024 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Just north of Indianapolis's downtown core, the historic St. Joseph neighborhood includes one of the nation's oldest White Castle buildings, the site where the infamous Jim Jones started his Peoples Temple

(pre-Guyana), and the home of Daniel Marmon, whose Marmon Wasp won the inaugural Indianapolis 500. The national and local historic district is bounded by I-65, Central Ave., Ft. Wayne Ave., and Pennsylvania St.

Indiana Landmarks volunteers and longtime St. Joseph residents Garry Chilluffo, Harold Mailand, and Craig Ware lead the walking tour, highlighting historic houses, row houses, apartment buildings, and commercial structures from nearly every decade from the Civil War through today. “St. Joe is a dense urban district with an arty vibe,” says Chilluffo, a professional photographer. The area is both a locally designated and National Register-listed district.

The tour begins at the 1873 Kemper House, 1024 North Delaware Street, owned by Indiana Landmarks. Visitors will stop inside the Bals Wocher house, also on Delaware, home of Cline Farrell Christie & Lee law firm. Indiana Landmarks President Marsh Davis and his wife Grace live in the Kemper House and welcome participants for a light reception at the end of the tour.

To extend the evening, head to dinner at a restaurant in the neighborhood: English Ivy’s, Datsa Pizza, Plow & Anchor, and Saffron Café.

Staged by Indiana Landmarks and HUNI, each tour begins at 6 pm, led by Indiana Landmarks and a resident of the neighborhood. The 90-minute tours are $10 per person (discount for Landmarks members and residents of the tour neighborhood). Register online: or call 317-636-4534. Capacity is limited, so please order soon.