Arsenal Heights, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

The southeastern portion of the Holy Cross district, bordered by the streets of New York, Washington, Oriental, and State, is also an historic district in its own right: Arsenal Heights. The athletic park that once stood there in the late 19th century provided one of the initial sites for baseball's American League, and was also the birthplace of Indiana football.

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1422~2D1424 E Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

1422~2D1424 E Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Sprawling updated duplex in the Heart of Holy Cross! These townhomes (No HOA) have been recently renovated top to bottom. Original charm with all the modern amenitie...

0 Beds 0 Bath Areas 0 SqFt

$550,000

United Real Estate Indpls
252 N Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

252 N Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Amazing rehab done to make this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath with office, formal dinning room, loft, and available to choose between 2 master bedrooms with one on the main lev...

4 Beds 4 Bath Areas 3249 SqFt

$480,000

RE/MAX Ability Plus
212 N Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

212 N Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Hard to find 1900's Victorian in the up and coming Holy Cross neighborhood. This home's large front porch will draw you in! Expansive 4 bedroom, 2 bath beauty offers...

4 Beds 2 Bath Areas 3184 SqFt

$400,000

Great Woods Realty LLC
1603 E Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

1603 E Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Stunning! BRAND NEW 2 story w/ basement home is waiting for you! This custom built home boasts high ceilings w/ wonderful open floor plan, beautiful kitchen w/all s...

5 Beds 4 Bath Areas 2644 SqFt

$375,000

Keller Williams Indy Metro S
1424 E Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

1424 E Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Renovated move in ready townhome in Holy Cross! Light and bright interior. Spacious living room with multiple living areas. Brand new kitchen with large center islan...

2 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2880 SqFt

$275,000

United Real Estate Indpls
1422 E Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

1422 E Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Sprawling updated townhome in the Heart of Holy Cross! This townhome "No HOA" has been recently renovated top to bottom. Original charm with all the modern amenities...

2 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2880 SqFt

$275,000

United Real Estate Indpls
244 N Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

244 N Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Get ready to move to Holy Cross! The possibilities are endless on this one! Fantastic location, walk to parks and schools, minutes away from Mass Ave. and the center...

2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 2018 SqFt

$185,000

F.C. Tucker Company
1523 N Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

1523 N Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Vacant lot ready for new construction! Minutes from Mass Ave and center of downtown Indianapolis. Short walk to the popular Highland Park. Many new builds and rehab...

0 Beds 0 Bath Areas 0 SqFt

$110,000

F.C. Tucker Company

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The district was named for Arsenal Avenue, which in turn was inspired by the actual United States Arsenal that was built shortly after the Civil War. A small brick guardhouse erected in 1872 still stands at the corner of Arsenal and Michigan, watching over the entrance to the campus of Arsenal Technical High School. The military no longer required the land or its buildings in the early 1900s and sold them to the school, which officially opened in 1912 and is still serving the area today. Though the high school and its historic guardhouse are several blocks north of the Arsenal Heights district, they played a large role in the community's development.

But the true heart of the neighborhood was the YMCA's athletic park, which was bordered by Arsenal and Oriental and ran from Ohio all the way up to Michigan. Indianapolis's baseball team was ejected from the National League in 1890, leaving the city without an outlet for its newfound pastime. Instead the Western League was formed, which included teams such as the Chicago Cubs (then known as the Colts); many of these games were played in the YMCA athletic park. Desiring to rise above the minor leagues, however, Western rebranded itself as the American League at the turn of the century. And just as it had a decade before, Indy's luck ran out: the city was once again ousted from a national baseball league. The lasting legacy of this tumultuous period is the Indianapolis Indians, formed in 1902 to appease baseball-hungry Hoosiers. Today it is second oldest minor league team in the nation.

College sports were more successful on the same turf. In 1899 the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association was formed, and included teams such as Purdue, DePauw, Wabash, Indiana, Butler, and Hanover (which would later be replaced by Rose Polytechnic). All of the games were played in Arsenal Heights. They were also the first games in Indiana that followed American football rules rather than European rugby regulations. Football fever soon took over the city and the whole state. Purdue's special prowess on the field—and their continual trouncing of every other team in the state—encouraged university president James Smart to create a new conference with other large Midwestern schools, granting both national prestige and more challenging opponents to the Boilermakers. The conference is now known as the Big Ten.

Today, the area is experiencing a residential renaissance, thanks in part to organizations such as the Arsenal Heights Civic League, as well as a growing number of local businesses and investors. Old properties are being purchased and flipped, retaining their historic charm while also bringing life back to the neighborhood. The proximity to downtown Indianapolis (as well as bars, restaurants, and major employers such as Angie's List) contributes greatly to the district's growing desirability, but it's the diversity of residents and their dedication to the area's unique culture and history that sets Arsenal Heights apart.

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