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
A must see Meridian Kessler charmer on a quiet street. This large home has been well cared for and has so much potential. Wood crown moldings and original hardwood f...
4 Beds 4 Bath Areas 4156 SqFt
Amazing opportunity to live with the stars above the treetops! High rise living and maintenance free lifestyle at its best - Tarkington Tower offers the best there i...
4 Beds 4 Bath Areas 3479 SqFt
If you are seeking “la dolce vita” look no further. This extra special unit has been reconfigured and has gone through a comprehensive luxury renovation. No nee...
2 Beds 2 Bath Areas 1640 SqFt
Beautifully renovated home in Butler Tarkington. 3 BED (ensuite on the main), 2BA with a spacious finished basement. Brand NEW kitchen with classic white shaker cabi...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2500 SqFt
Every now and again an offering hits the urban market that must be seen to be truly enjoyed. Residing on the wonderful 8th floor of Tarkington Tower amongst the tree...
3 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2080 SqFt
Fall in love with this character filled home in Butler Tarkington area w/ easy access to downtown. Architectural features include gleaming hardwoods, arched entrywa...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 3717 SqFt
Charm meets modern living in this classic Butler Tarkington home. Stunning hardwoods welcome you into a flowing floorplan. Main floor offers a cozy sunporch, big l...
4 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2935 SqFt
A "BUTLER-TARKINGTON" Delight! Classic, Tastefully updated 3 bedroom 1.5 ba Colonial w/ all of the amenities: Nicely landscaped with mature trees/plants * Large fron...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2433 SqFt
Check out this recently remodeled Butler-Tarkington beauty. This 3 bed, 2.5 bath home does not disappoint. The kitchen has updated countertops, cabinets & appliances...
3 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2600 SqFt
You will fall in love with the meticulous details in this stunning Butler-Tarkington home! This spacious 3-bedroom home features a partially finished walk-out baseme...
3 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2418 SqFt
The property is a 16 floor reinforced concrete highrise condo building with an attached four floor level concrete parking garage. there are wood parquet floors throu...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 1640 SqFt
Quintessential Butler-Tarkington bungalow. Original hardwood floors in Living Room carry on through dining room & two main floor bedrooms. Dark Walnut woodwork. Main...
3 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2224 SqFt
Welcome to 4114 Capitol Avenue, an alluring completely renovated cedar shake bungalow, located in Butler-Tarkington. Step into the front entrance sun room with its s...
2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1564 SqFt
2BD/1 Full Bath Butler-Tarkington Bungalow! Beautifully appointed w/original hardwood floors, arched doorways, vintage baseboards/wood moldings, woodburning frpl & r...
2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 2180 SqFt
LIFE ABOVE THE TREETOPS IN TARKINGTOWN TOWER // One of the farthest reaching views in Indy can be yours!! A 24 hour door staff will greet you as you make your way th...
1 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1100 SqFt
Charming home near Butler could be used as a 3 bedroom. Updated paint and flooring through out the home. Large eat-in kitchen with breakfast nook and huge panty that...
2 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2586 SqFt
Completely remodeled 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, solar-powered home in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. Entering the home from the full-length covered front porch, you a...
3 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2250 SqFt
Are you ready to move into a cute and cozy 3 bedroom bungalow south of Butler? All the work has been done. This has a newer roof/windows, HVAC and Water Heater. Kitc...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2136 SqFt
Calling all investors or homeowners, whether you're looking to buy and hold or fix and flip, this 3 bedroom, 1 bath home has unlimited potential. You will not want t...
3 Beds 1 Bath Areas 2032 SqFt
CuuUUTE bungalow in the heart of Butler-Tarkington. Spacious living area with separate dining space and large pantry off the updated Kitchen complete with granite co...
2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1800 SqFt
Airy and bright, this striking south Butler Tarkington home is ready for it's next owner. Freshly painted inside and out. Enjoy the outdoors on full front covered po...
3 Beds 1 Bath Areas 2305 SqFt
Great investment opportunity in Butler Tarkington!! Located in one of Indy’s most desirable, up & coming areas, this 3 bed/1.5 bath bungalow has great investment p...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 1050 SqFt
Quiet, quaint home across from serene Crown Hill. Brand new LVP flooring in kitchen & bathroom, original hardwood in living room and bedrooms. Fresh paint and tons...
1 Beds 1 Bath Areas 966 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.