Indiana Landmarks

In 1985, Indiana Landmarks adopted the 5-year-old HUNI organization as an advocacy group supporting the preservation, revitalization, and interests of Indianapolis’ urban historic neighborhoods. The two organizations maintain a close alliance to this day as many issues impact both organizations similarly. Nonetheless, HUNI maintains autonomy in selecting the issues for advocacy and the means to best fulfill the interests of its member neighborhoods. Many residents who reside within HUNI member neighborhoods are members of Indiana Landmarks.

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2020 Landmarks' Rescue Party--Canceled

But contributions to save Indiana's Most Endangered Landmarks still welcomed

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus, Indiana Landmarks made the difficult decision to cancel it's popular Rescue Party benefiting Landmark’s Endangered Places program and featuring the unveiling the 2020 “Ten Most Endangered” list. A highlight of the evening is the traditional awarding of the Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration. While the fundraiser is canceled, you can still contribute to Indiana Landmarks. You can check out the most recent list Endangered Places at


Rypkema discusses value of historic preservation in Neighborhoods

Study of Historic Preservation's Impact on Indy Highlights Tremendous Value of Preserving Architecture and Neighborhoods

In honor of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission’s 50th anniversary, Indiana Landmarks hired renowned economist Donovan Rypkema and his nationally-recognized research firm, PlaceEconomics, to analyze the economic contributions of historic preservation to the City of Indianapolis. The results published in November 2017 are very impressive! Rypkema's full report details preservation’s impact on Indy’s property values, economic values, cultural values, business values. “We’re learning and documenting more each year about the multiple ways historic buildings and neighborhoods add value to a city,” noted Rypkema. Here are some highlights:

  • Local historic districts cover 4% of the land area within the city and contribute 18% of the city's total assessed value. Thus, per square mile, historic districts generate four times the assessed property values verses non-designated areas. 

  • Between 2010 and 2015, local historic districts saw 9% population growth versus 2% in non-designated areas.

  • Less than 2% of the cities abandon properties are located in historic districts.

  • Property values in historic districts outperform the rest of the city. 

  • In 2015 homes in historic districts accounted for 19% of all sales and 34% of the city’s aggregated sale amount.

Click here to see the full report.