Meridian Kessler

Neighborhood Activities

The neighborhood puts on one of the largest and best attended home tours in the state each year in June. It publishes a newsletter that is sent free of charge to each of the nearly 8,000 homes in the neighborhood. The Association sponsors both a Clergy and Business Breakfast.

Recent Initiatives

Because of the area's age, commercial and civic structures are continuously being repurposed. The neighborhood's oldest grocery store recently became The Fresh Market, and the Greek Orthodox Church, long the home of Indy's Greek Fest, is now the home of the Indianapolis Opera Company, both thanks to substantial effort from the Association. Likewise, work with the Indianapolis Public School system hs resulted in the neighborhood's two IPS Schools both being at or near the top rated schools in IPS and both regaining substantial popularity with residents.

Business Environment

In the early 1900's trolleys ran from downtown through Meridian Kessler, and, where the trolleys stopped, businesses sprang up. Every major intersection along College Avenue, plus the intersection of 49th & Pennsylvania were developed in that matter, and each currently contains a mixture of dining and retail shops. It is assumed that current development along the Monon trail will continue this trend.

People who've shaped recent history

Meridian Kessler has maintained one Executive Director, Caroline Farrar, for over 35 years, and any mention of those who have shaped the recent history of the neighborhood begins with her. The Associations Board of Directors, over the years, is a veritable who's who of people who have contributed not only to Meridian Kessler, but to the City of Indianapolis in many, many ways. Mayors, Governors, Senators and Congressmen all were raised here.


The Association's Office is located at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 526 E. 52nd St. The telephone number is 317-283-1021, or e-mail to: The assocation publishes a monthly newsletter distributed to all residents. MKNA also maintains a Facebook page.


Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association, Inc.
526 East 52nd Street
Indianapolis, IN  46205
(317)  283-1021  phone
(317)  283-6061  fax


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