Infill. If you live in a locally designated historic district, today’s Building Language term should be a familiar friend. In preservation, infill describes new construction that remains sensitive in design to the surrounding historic buildings. Locally designated historic districts, including those in Indianapolis, typically review the designs of new construction to ensure they remain compatible to the design and character of the neighborhood.

In the Old Northside neighborhood, I’ve found several examples of infill construction that show the variety of new construction that fits within this historic neighborhood. But, as a reminder of the wonderful architecture found within the Old Northside…

Old Northside, 1200 Block North Alabama Street

Residence on the 1400 Block North Park Avenue, Old Northside

…and then, the infill designs found in the Old Northside. Our first example is a brick residence located in the 1200 Block of North Park Avenue. This residence is located directly across the street from the Morris-Butler House. Even without a trained eye, you can tell this residence is not a historic building. However, it maintains a similar size and form to buildings in the neighborhood.

Infill on the 1200 Block of North Park Avenue

Infill in 1500 Block of North Alabama St

Our second example is found on the 1500 Block of North Alabama Street. Looking at nearby residences, you can tell the infill matches the size and form of the neighboring residences. However, the small square windows indicate the contemporary nature of this residence.

Add it to your vocabulary – how might one use today’s Building Language term in their everyday life?

Several empty lots in the neighborhood would be a great location for infill housing.