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Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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Lockerbie Square is the historical residential district of Indy. The oldest surviving neighborhood in Indianapolis, the district features an eclectic mix of Italianate, Federal and Queen Anne homes. It was the first district in Indianapolis to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located just east of Downtown, Lockerbie offers historic single family homes as well as impressive repurposed condos. Take the walking tour and admire the history of our great city.


A Small Oasis in the Big City

Stepping into this neighborhood is like stepping back in time 150 years. Well-kept 19th-century homes line the ancient cobblestone streets, with gorgeous alleyways, stone carriage stoops, hitching posts, ancient curbs, brick sidewalks, and a tree canopy rivaled by none.

The neighborhood takes its name from the Lockerbie family who platted out the district in the mid 1800s. Skilled laborers and artisans built homes alongside wealthy retailers and furniture manufacturers. The neighborhood's most famous resident was the "Hoosier Poet," James Whitcomb Riley, who lived in Lockerbie Square for the last 23 years of his life. The home is now the James Whitcomb Riley Museum.

During the years following the First World War, Lockerbie Square residents migrated north beyond 38th Street. The big houses of the neighborhood were turned into boarding houses with absentee landlords, and the small cottages were abandoned, falling quickly into disrepair. Streets and sidewalks crumbled. By 1958, Lockerbie Square was all but a ghost town. It was then that the neighborhood attracted the efforts of the Metropolitan Planning Department of Marion County.

Shortly thereafter, the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana (HLFI) was founded by Eli Lilly, Edward Pierre, Edward James, and Wilbur Peat. In 1966 they established the Lockerbie Square committee, which — together with the HLFI & the Marion County Historical Society — shepherded a bill through the Indiana General Assembly that created the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC).

Over the years, the HLFI purchased and restored several historically important residences, including the Staub House at 342 North College Ave., the Holler Cottage at 324 North Park Ave., and the George Schribner Cottage, which it moved across the city to North Park Ave. in 1977. By 1970 the HLFI had encountered so many complications with the Tax Reform Act of 1969 and difficulties with estates, absentee landlords, tenants, and transients, that it turned its attention elsewhere.

In 1973, the Lockerbie Square People's Club took over the reigns. Working with the HLFI and the IHPC, as well as the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and the Lugar administration, the Club got the General Assembly to help fund a staff for the Commission. Inspired by the 1976 Bicentennial, and joined by the Junior League, the Indianapolis Garden Club, and the Department of Transportation, these groups worked together to bring noticeable improvements to the neighborhood, including the Victorian street lamps, cobblestones, sidewalks, and tree replacements that we see today.

In 1976 a group of residents formed Lockerbie Square, Inc. Their new ideas and improvements were consolidated and reflected in the Lockerbie Square Historic District Preservation Area Plan I. Following this plan, the Lockerbie Glove Factory Condominiums were rehabilitated in 1982-83. Since then, many new townhouses have been built in the neighborhood. The challenges faced by Lockerbie Square today no longer involve the halting of demolition and decay, but shaping and managing the neighborhood's character as a historical urban neighborhood.

Such a dear little street it is,
nestled away from the noise of the city and the heat of the day
In cool shady coverts of whispering trees.
With their leaves lifted up to shake hands with the breeze
Which in all its wide wanderings never may meet
With a resting-place fairer than Lockerbie Street!
— excerpt from "Lockerbie Street"
by James Witcomb Riley

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Latest Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

527 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 527 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Mcquats  
The magnificent Lockerbie home was originally constructed in 1890 and painstakingly renovated in recent years. Majestic staircase, warm hardwoods, and large windows beyond beckon you inside. The home is host to many extraordinary spaces, including; a form...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 5864 SqFt
$2,745,000
Encore Sotheby's International
518 Fulton Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 518 Fulton Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Nobles  
Refined in its form, aspirational in its attitude, & superbly crafted in its detail, this urban chic oasis stands alone in its overall presentation. Step into a lifestyle you've worked hard to enjoy, and bathe in the contemplative solitude built with inte...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 6275 SqFt
$2,500,000
Encore Sotheby`s International
527 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 527 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Mcquats  
The magnificent Lockerbie home was originally constructed in 1890 and painstakingly renovated in recent years. Majestic staircase, warm hardwoods, and large windows beyond beckon you inside. The home is host to many extraordinary spaces, including; a form...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 5864 SqFt
$2,249,000
Encore Sotheby's International
450 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 450 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Mansur Square  
This is one of the most iconic homes to be built Downtown over the last quarter century. Maddening attention to quality and detail are evident in every facet of the structure: Tour de force brick and limestone exterior, custom woodwork, paneling & case g...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 8437 SqFt
$1,750,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
234 North Davidson Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 234 North Davidson Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Nobles  
AMAZING HISTORIC HOME ** DESIGNATED THAT RAGGEDY ANN & ANDY WAS CREATED HERE ** LOVELY BRICK WALL IN LARGE GREAT ROOM & LARGE EAT-IN KITCHEN ** WIDE PLANK HARDWOOD FLOORS ** ORNATE FIREPLACE IN LIVING ROOM ** 10 BEDROOMS ** 5 BATHS ** IN HOME THEATER ** U...
10 Beds, 5 Bath Areas, 4152 SqFt
$995,000
100% Success, LLC
504 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 504 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: NA  
Practically speaking the open concept living area works well for every day urban living or an excellent weekend pied-a-terre. Imagine sparkling entertaining starring yourself as chef or a quiet evening of watching the light change over the skyline. In re...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1244 SqFt
$475,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
If you are looking for a breathtaking view of the skyline, you cannot do better than this! The legendary Lockerbie Glove building offers one of Downtown Indy's best addresses with a "there in a minute" location, convenient to shopping, theatre and fine d...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1774 SqFt
$450,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
520 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 520 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Adams  
Location! Steps off mass ave walking distance to some of the best restaurants/bars/shopping Indy has to offer. Open concept with custom kitchen and island perfect for entertaining. Coffee/wine bar w/open shelves. Spacious room sizes with laundry on master...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1560 SqFt
$395,000
United Real Estate Indpls
507 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 507 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Vermont Street Townhomes  
Rare opportunity to have an attached garage! It even has pro finished floor. Own 1 of only 9 units in this Townhome development one of the best streets in Lockerbie. Self managed HOA with low monthly fees. Soaring ceilings, interesting architectural detai...
1 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1440 SqFt
$289,900
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