Reader’s Question:

My husband and I have purchased this historic house (pictured below) on Fall Creek Parkway South Drive. I have been trying to find out what neighborhood it is located in ever since.  Might you be able to tell me?  We are thrilled to be leaving New Jersey and coming to Indy.  ~  Cheryl Ann Floystrop-Borne

HI’s Answer: 

The name of the neighborhood in which your new home is located is Meridian-Highland.  The boundaries of the Meridian-Highland Neighborhood Association are West 16th Street on the south, North Meridian Street on the east, West Fall Creek Parkway South Drive on the north, and Interstate-65 on the west.

Meridian-Highland is also part of the not-for-profit Near North Development Corporation (NNDC), a partnership encompassing a larger geographical area that includes Highland Vicinity Neighborhood Association, Crown Hill Neighborhood Association, Near North Commercial District, Methodist Hospital, and the Central North Civic Association.

1916 Two-Family Residence on Fall Creek Parkway South Drive (photo courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society)

Two-Family brick residence on West Fall Creek Parkway South Drive as it appeared in 1916, not long after it was built    (photo courtesy of the INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY)

The president of the Meridian-Highland Neighborhood Association is Vicky Roberts.   Neighborhood meetings are held in the Original Church of God at 2150 N. Capitol Avenue.  Your home is in City-County Council District 15.

The first occupants of this two-family residence after it was built were Charles S. and Elizabeth (Galbaugh) Cully and Samuel D. and Cora (Cully) Kiger.  Charles and Elizabeth were Cora’s parents and Samuel’s in-laws.  Cully was the President of the A. P. Hendrickson Hat Co.  Kiger was a broker in diamonds, securities and old coins, as well as a real estate dealer.  Cora passed away a short time after they moved in, in September of 1916.  She was only 39 years old.  Perhaps they were all uncomfortable remaining in the place where she had died.  Within a year, everyone had moved on — the Cullys to a home just around the corner on Illinois Street and Kiger to a home a couple of blocks away on N. Pennsylvania Street.  Kiger married again in 1918.

The view facing north on N. Meridian Street at 21st Street (photo courtesy of Indiana Historical Society)

The view looking north from 21st and Meridian Streets illustrates how N. Meridian Street was at one time all residential    (photo courtesy of the INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY)

When the City of Indianapolis began to expand to the north in the first few decades of the 1900s, most of the properties on North Meridian Street, North Illinois Street, and North Capitol Avenue were residential.  The lots contained large, impressive, single-family homes, with an occasional apartment building on some blocks.  These streets remained residential in nature until the 1930s, when some of the homes began to be converted to commercial uses, like restaurants or offices.  Other homes, particularly those located at major intersections, were demolished and replaced by commercial properties designed to house establishments such as drugstores, grocery stores, and dry cleaners.

Meridian Street Bridge over Fall Creek, as it appeared in 1920 (photo courtesy of the Indiana Historical Soceity)

The Meridian Street Bridge over Fall Creek is at the northeast corner of the Meridian-Highland Neighborhood Association (photo courtesy of the INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY)

Meridian Street, being the main north-south thoroughfare in the city, experienced increasing motor vehicle traffic as the years went by, making it a less desirable place to raise a family.  Capitol Avenue, being the street on which Methodist Hospital was originally located, lost many of its homes as the medical complex continued to outgrow its facilities and require more land for new buildings.  With each passing decade, homes between 16th Street and Fall Creek disappeared and were replaced by businesses.  The remaining residential structures are mostly apartment buildings or multi-family residences.  The few single-family residential properties left in the Meridian-Highland neighborhood today are primarily north of 22nd Street on Capitol and Kenwood Avenues.

View of Fall Creek and the Marott from the south banks (photo courtesy of Indiana Historical Society)

View of Fall Creek and the Meridian Street Bridge facing towards The Marott, taken from Fall Creek Parkway South Drive (photo courtesy of the INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY)

Some of the many businesses located within the boundaries of the Meridian-Highland neighborhood today are the following:  All Nations Bed & Breakfast,  Citizens Energy Group,  Indianapolis Public Library Services Center,   Indy Translations,  IU Health Methodist Hospital,  Indianapolis Neighborhoods Resource Center,  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 481,  Magna Properties,  Mercedes-Benz,  Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors,  Midtown Community Health Center,  The Mind Trust,  WFYI Public Television and Public Radio, and WISH TV 8.

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