Butler-Tarkington, Indianapolis Homes for Sale
The Butler-Tarkington area encases Butler University just north of Downtown Indianapolis offering a small town college feel near the heart of a big city. The name is derived from Butler University and the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Booth Tarkington.
Latest Butler Tarkington, Indianapolis Homes for Sale
Spectacular historic Meridian Street home- one of the few multi acre properties on Meridian St. Motivated to save the grand property, a full restoration began in 20...
7 Beds 11 Bath Areas 9877 SqFt
Beautifully renovated 1934 Cape Cod. Wide open family hub area complemented by a chef's kitchen with a commercial gas range and large island, a spacious eat-in area,...
5 Beds 4 Bath Areas 4038 SqFt
Stunning rehab steps from Butler campus. This home has been taken down to the studs and built back w/ an added 2nd story creating a 4 bedroom plus loft master piece!...
4 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2822 SqFt
A fabulous luxury condo remodel. This is 2 units combined overlooking Meridian St historic corridor. Ease of access to Downtown, Ripple, Keystone Crossing. Walls of...
2 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2080 SqFt
$10,000 credit for new drywall! Secure living with 24 hr door staff will delight you from the moment you pull up to the 16 story tower! This stunning combined unit i...
3 Beds 4 Bath Areas 3479 SqFt
Brick Tudor w/flexible floor plan on corner lot now available in Butler-Tarkington. Charming front porch w/swoon worthy arches provides unique curb appeal & just the...
4 Beds 2 Bath Areas 3501 SqFt
This is a Luxury Smart House with Vaulted Ceilings 3 bed 2 bath with Remote controlled ceiling fans (3 light options available in living room) , all of the top ameni...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 1400 SqFt
Amazing high rise condo in perfect location in Indy! Beautifully updated kitchen, bath and freshly painted. The timeless shutters enhance the enclosed balcony and go...
1 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1000 SqFt
Adorable and updated 3 bedroom house steps away from Hoagies and Hops and Butler campus. Large laundry room with a deck off the master bath. You can cozy up to your ...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2096 SqFt
Exquisite Condo in desirable Tarkington Tower. Newly updated home offers an open floor plan, sparkling hardwood floors, modern appeal, custom finishes and an abundan...
1 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1000 SqFt
Come check out this bungalow conveniently located right near Butler and the Newfields with easy access to the highway. With a renovated kitchen, this home offers sp...
2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 2016 SqFt
**Priced to Sell! ** Beautifully updated bungalow in crown hill with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. This former 2 bedroom, 1 bath house now has a new and spacious 3rd ...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 1350 SqFt
Wonderful opportunity to buy a diamond in the rough! This charming bungalow has much to boast. Brand new roof in October, 2020. The front porch is magical, the li...
2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1966 SqFt
South Butler Tarkington bungalow ready to be taken to the next level! This charming home still retains all original woodwork and hardwood floors! Situated on corner ...
3 Beds 1 Bath Areas 2184 SqFt
Spacious 2 bedroom home with hardwood floors in highly sought after Butler Tarkington neighborhood. Charming built-in cabinets in the large dining room. Relaxing fr...
2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1530 SqFt
Affordable Bungalow near Butler, downtown, art museum and so much more! This home features 2 bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom, open kitchen floorplan, brand n...
2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1542 SqFt
Build your dream house on this lot in the hot Butler Tarkington area. Join the those who have built new construction in this ideal location near Butler University, ...
0 Beds 0 Bath Areas 0 SqFt
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The neighborhood, originally known as "Mapleton" (due to the large number of maple trees in the area) began as a German farming settlement in the 1840s. The settlement was connected to the railway in the 1860s. In 1890, the city's electric street car system ran a line through the neighborhood. These "trolleys" provided city residents with a fast efficient means of mass transit that made possible residential development in areas farther removed from the city.
By 1898, 350 streetcars ran through the community, providing rapid access to all parts of the growing city. Mapleton was annexed by Indianapolis in 1902, and most of the rest of the neighborhood was annexed by 1906. Residential development took off in the 1910s and 1920s, and the neighborhood was completely built-out by the end of WWII.
Consisting mainly of working-class and upper-middle-class households, much more upscale homes can be found along the western edge of Meridian Street and those parts of Illinois Street north of 40th. Butler-Tarkington is known for its stunning residential architecture. The neighborhood was named after nearby Butler University, which relocated here in 1928, and famous writer, Booth Tarkington.
Crown Hill Cemetery marks the southern boundary of the neighborhood. Dedicated in 1864, the 555-acre cemetary is the third largest non-governmental cemetery in the United States, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetary is built on the summit of "Strawberry Hill" (which has since been renamed "The Crown"), a high point overlooking the city. It's the final resting place for many well-known people, including President Benjamin Harrison, and Vice Presidents Charles Fairbanks, Thomas Hendricks, and Thomas Marshall. The gravesite of poet James Whitcomb Riley also overlooks the city from atop "The Crown".
Eager to boost business, the Indianapolis Street Railway Company purchased 200 acres of wooded area along the Central Canal, north of the cemetary, and developed the area into a park featuring a restaurant, bowling alley, refreshment stand, merry-go-round, and picnic area. Outdoor plays were staged on the banks of the canal, and band concerts became a Sunday tradition.
The park helped redeem the image of the canal, which until then had been considered an eyesore. In 1885 the Indianapolis Water Company (who owned the canal) began offering boat rides to the cemetery from the bridge at Indiana Avenue. Relatives and friends of the deceased, picnickers, and courting couples all took advantage of the service. Canoeing on the canal became a popular pastime.
This change in public attitudes toward the canal, combined with the attractions of Fairview Park, and the freedom afforded by the trolley, all combined to stimulate the residential development of what later became known as Butler-Tarkington.