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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

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
$2,495,000
Encore Sotheby's International
535 East North Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 535 East North Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie  
Liberty Place at Lockerbie Square is one of several new developments brought to you by Litz & Eaton Development Company LLC. Nestled in the historic Lockerbie Square district, Litz & Eaton made certain that 535 E North St. will reflect the historic surrou...
4 Beds, 5 Bath Areas, 4612 SqFt
$1,625,000
Litz Real Estate
448 North Davidson Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 448 North Davidson Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Nobles  
1 Beautiful Historic Lockerbie Building--2 contemporary condos--1 great price! Gorgeous 1890's brick Italianate converted to 2 condos in 2003. Seller is selling the building--not interested in selling units separately. Unit 2 (see also BLC 2160690 for Uni...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3927 SqFt
$995,000
Keller Williams Indy
448 North Davidson Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 448 North Davidson Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Nobles  
1 Beautiful Historic Lockerbie Building--2 contemporary condos--1 great price! Gorgeous brick Italianate built in 1890 & converted to 2 condos in 2003. Seller is selling the building--not interested in selling units separately. Unit 1 (see also BLC 216069...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2242 SqFt
$995,000
Keller Williams Indy
539 East North Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 539 East North Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie  
Liberty Place at Lockerbie Square is one of several new developments brought to you by Litz & Eaton Development Company LLC. Nestled in the historic Lockerbie Square district, Litz & Eaton made certain that 539 E North St. will reflect the historic surrou...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2306 SqFt
$800,000
Litz Real Estate
538 East Miami Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 538 East Miami Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Desoto Townhomes  
Located in one of Indianapolis's most sought-after neighborhoods, this 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath townhome is urban living at its finest! Trending in both style and function, open floor plan boasts city views from almost every angle! Great room has gas firepla...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1976 SqFt
$499,000
Encore Sotheby's International
536 East Allard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46202 536 East Allard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Desoto Townhomes  
Welcome to Downtown Indy! Situated in the heart of the city, this bright and airy end unit townhome gives you the freedom and convenience to walk or bike wherever you choose. Features include main level hardwood floors, updated kitchen with granite counte...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1640 SqFt
$434,500
F.C. Tucker Company
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
$425,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
524 Lockerbie S Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46202 524 Lockerbie S Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
You can't get new in Lockerbie Square at twice this price nor can you easily recreate this rare one-of-a-kind gorgeous townhouse with $100,000+ of carefully thought out & exquisitely implemented functional improvements & sunning interior finishes that bea...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1875 SqFt
$372,500
Keller Williams Indy
542 Lockerbie S Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46202 542 Lockerbie S Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
This much coveted Lockerbie Townhome location can't be beat! Beautifully updated with hardwood floors, plantation shutters, updated kitchen and much more. Open and airy, this townhouse is perfect for entertaining family and friends. Enjoy summer evenin...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1875 SqFt
$355,000
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
Stunning city views highlight this 5th floor 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in the Historic Lockerbie Glove Co. Exposed brick walls, wood beamed ceilings, master suite featuring two skylights and an updated master bath with double sinks and a beautiful walk-in sh...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1482 SqFt
$349,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
421 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 421 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Nobles  
Desirable home in an even more desirable location! Your chance to own this gem in Lockerbie Historic neighborhood. Walk to downtown/Mass Ave! Enjoy this open concept floor plan w/hardwood & marble floors on main level, gorgeous wood pocket doors, large ki...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2238 SqFt
$318,900
eXp Realty, LLC

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