Annual Neighborhood Walking Tours Give Visitors Glimpse into Life and History of Historic Neighborhoods

Irvington Walking Tour. Photo by Barb Beeker, Indiana Landmarks

Successful Change in Format of 2017 Historic Neighborhood Walking & Bike Tours - Irvington & Garfield Park

Irvington and Garfield Park were the two historic neighborhoods chosen to pilot a new format for the traditional Preservation Month neighborhood walking tours sponsored by Indiana Landmarks and HUNI. In addition to the one mile walking tour, a several-mile bike tour was added to see even more of these large neighborhoods. Additionally, a second month --September--was scheduled for the latter neighborhood's tour. All of the bike and walking tours sold out demonstrating the public's interest in the revised concept. "Neighborhood Tours take a tremendous amount of time to compile and stage," says HUNI President and Indiana Landmarks volunteer Garry Chilluffo. "These two large neighborhoods provide the perfect backdrop to create a second tour on bike so that visitors could see a wider variety of homes than possible on foot."  Guides on the walking and bike tours related the history of the area and its revitalization. Participants saw the range in house styles, got the scoop on average sale prices, and saw the interior of a building. Afterwards participants received a short list of restaurants and taverns in the area for a post tour gathering. 

The May and September tours of Irvington and Garfield Park were a part of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission's 50th anniversary celebration in 2017. The districts are protected by the IHPC. IHPC staff discussed the commission’s history and involvement in the neighborhood at both tours.

Speedway Tour Kicked Off May 2016 Series
Speedway Tour Kicked Off May 2016 Series

The Results of the 2016 Walking tours are in! Outstanding!

For the past several years, Indiana Landmarks and HUNI have staged a walking tour each Thursday in May, spotlighting four different historic Indianapolis neighborhoods. The 2016 tours included Old Speedway, Herron-Morton Place, Watson Park, and Holy Cross. The 90-minute tours included a one- to one-and-a-half-mile walk, led by residents of the neighborhoods and assisted by Indiana Landmarks docents. Guides told the history of each area and its revitalization. Look for our tours again next May.

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Exploring five historic neighborhoods by foot.

2014 Neighborhood Walking Tours Deemed Success

In honor of Historic Preservation Month, Indiana Landmarks invited the public to take walking tours of an historic Indianapolis neighborhood every Thursday in May. Tour included Old Speedway, Cottage Home, Meridian Park, Lockerbie Square, and Old Northside. Participants learned the rich history of each area and its revitalization, saw the range in housing styles, gained an understanding of average sales prices, and toured the interior of a home. These 90-minute tours were staged jointly by Indiana Landmarks and HUNI.  If you missed out this year, the tours are sure to be back by popular demand in May 2015 featuring different historic neighborhoods with active HUNI participation.