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Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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Lockerbie Square is the historical residential district of Indy. The oldest surviving neighborhood in Indianapolis, the district features an eclectic mix of Italianate, Federal and Queen Anne homes. It was the first district in Indianapolis to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located just east of Downtown, Lockerbie offers historic single family homes as well as impressive repurposed condos. Take the walking tour and admire the history of our great city.


A Small Oasis in the Big City

Stepping into this neighborhood is like stepping back in time 150 years. Well-kept 19th-century homes line the ancient cobblestone streets, with gorgeous alleyways, stone carriage stoops, hitching posts, ancient curbs, brick sidewalks, and a tree canopy rivaled by none.

The neighborhood takes its name from the Lockerbie family who platted out the district in the mid 1800s. Skilled laborers and artisans built homes alongside wealthy retailers and furniture manufacturers. The neighborhood's most famous resident was the "Hoosier Poet," James Whitcomb Riley, who lived in Lockerbie Square for the last 23 years of his life. The home is now the James Whitcomb Riley Museum.

During the years following the First World War, Lockerbie Square residents migrated north beyond 38th Street. The big houses of the neighborhood were turned into boarding houses with absentee landlords, and the small cottages were abandoned, falling quickly into disrepair. Streets and sidewalks crumbled. By 1958, Lockerbie Square was all but a ghost town. It was then that the neighborhood attracted the efforts of the Metropolitan Planning Department of Marion County.

Shortly thereafter, the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana (HLFI) was founded by Eli Lilly, Edward Pierre, Edward James, and Wilbur Peat. In 1966 they established the Lockerbie Square committee, which — together with the HLFI & the Marion County Historical Society — shepherded a bill through the Indiana General Assembly that created the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC).

Over the years, the HLFI purchased and restored several historically important residences, including the Staub House at 342 North College Ave., the Holler Cottage at 324 North Park Ave., and the George Schribner Cottage, which it moved across the city to North Park Ave. in 1977. By 1970 the HLFI had encountered so many complications with the Tax Reform Act of 1969 and difficulties with estates, absentee landlords, tenants, and transients, that it turned its attention elsewhere.

In 1973, the Lockerbie Square People's Club took over the reigns. Working with the HLFI and the IHPC, as well as the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and the Lugar administration, the Club got the General Assembly to help fund a staff for the Commission. Inspired by the 1976 Bicentennial, and joined by the Junior League, the Indianapolis Garden Club, and the Department of Transportation, these groups worked together to bring noticeable improvements to the neighborhood, including the Victorian street lamps, cobblestones, sidewalks, and tree replacements that we see today.

In 1976 a group of residents formed Lockerbie Square, Inc. Their new ideas and improvements were consolidated and reflected in the Lockerbie Square Historic District Preservation Area Plan I. Following this plan, the Lockerbie Glove Factory Condominiums were rehabilitated in 1982-83. Since then, many new townhouses have been built in the neighborhood. The challenges faced by Lockerbie Square today no longer involve the halting of demolition and decay, but shaping and managing the neighborhood's character as a historical urban neighborhood.

Such a dear little street it is,
nestled away from the noise of the city and the heat of the day
In cool shady coverts of whispering trees.
With their leaves lifted up to shake hands with the breeze
Which in all its wide wanderings never may meet
With a resting-place fairer than Lockerbie Street!
— excerpt from "Lockerbie Street"
by James Witcomb Riley

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Latest Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

527 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 527 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Mcquats  
The magnificent Lockerbie home was originally constructed in 1890 and painstakingly renovated in recent years. Majestic staircase, warm hardwoods, and large windows beyond beckon you inside. The home is host to many extraordinary spaces, including; a form...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 5864 SqFt
$1,999,000
Encore Sotheby's International
635 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 635 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Fletchers Sub  
This is it! Stately living offered in one of Downtown Indy’s most sought-after neighborhoods! This Tom Jones built home delivers the historic charm that Lockerbie is known for, while offering the style and livability of a modern home. Beauty is found...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 5100 SqFt
$1,250,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
448 North Davidson Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 448 North Davidson Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Nobles  
1 Beautiful Historic Lockerbie Building--2 contemporary condos--1 great price! Gorgeous 1890's brick Italianate converted to 2 condos in 2003. Seller is selling the building--not interested in selling units separately. Unit 2 (see also BLC 2160690 for Uni...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3927 SqFt
$995,000
Keller Williams Indy
448 North Davidson Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 448 North Davidson Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Nobles  
1 Beautiful Historic Lockerbie Building--2 contemporary condos--1 great price! Gorgeous brick Italianate built in 1890 & converted to 2 condos in 2003. Seller is selling the building--not interested in selling units separately. Unit 1 (see also BLC 216069...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2242 SqFt
$995,000
Keller Williams Indy
719 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 719 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Davidson Add  
Beautifully designed contemporary building with stunning view of downtown skyline. Building is currently zoned and used as office but can be converted to residential. Residential conversion requires interior modifications and Historic District approval. S...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3200 SqFt
$800,000
Citify, LLC
530 Allard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46202 530 Allard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Desoto Townhomes  
Care-Free, Urban Living doesn't get any better than this! Gorgeous 2 bed/2.5 ba DeSoto Townhome in downtown's premiere Lockerbie neighborhood. This home offers the space & open design you desire inside & 2 (yes, 2) private outdoor spaces - a large balcony...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1904 SqFt
$479,900
Keller Williams Indy
622 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 622 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Fletchers Sub  
This one deserves a ribbon! From charm to function, this architect-guided renovated Lockerbie townhome makes the grade in every category! Step into this home’s light filled interior & you will quickly realize it’s massive living potential. Perfectly ...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2090 SqFt
$475,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
304 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 304 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hofmeister  
This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath historic condo is ready to move in! It is located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis close to dining, retail, entertainment, and business districts. The historic charm is accented by many updates with tile and hardwood floors ...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2519 SqFt
$455,000
F.C. Tucker Company
536 East Allard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46202 536 East Allard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Desoto Townhomes  
Welcome to Downtown Indy! Situated in the heart of the city, this bright and airy end unit townhome gives you the freedom and convenience to walk or bike wherever you choose. Features include main level hardwood floors, updated kitchen with granite counte...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1640 SqFt
$429,500
F.C. Tucker Company
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
Location is the key! The historic Lockerbie Glove Company located just steps from all of the fun & revelry that Mass Ave has to offer, is where you will find this striking loft-like condo! Top floor, top shelf! The actual location within the building offe...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1774 SqFt
$380,000
Plat Collective
513 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 513 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Brownstones At Lockerbie  
This 2 bedroom 2.5 bath brownstone is located in the heart of the Lockerbie-Mass Ave area. Maintenance free living with new flooring, maple cabinets, granite counter tops & stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the balcony off the breakfast area. Main floor m...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1429 SqFt
$365,000
RE/MAX Ability Plus
615 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 615 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Bates & Fletchers  
We hear you! Finding a townhome with historic charm and modern livability can be a tall order. Good news -- you just found one! This Lockerbie Square townhome is a chock-full of character including original hardwood floors, exposed brick, and an origin...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2350 SqFt
$350,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
Stunning city views highlight this 5th floor 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in the Historic Lockerbie Glove Co. Exposed brick walls, wood beamed ceilings, master suite featuring two skylights and an updated master bath with double sinks and a beautiful walk-in sh...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1482 SqFt
$349,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
Prime downtown living at its finest! Unique opportunity to live in the historic Glove Company building in downtown Indy. Chic floor plan offers a wonderful mixture of views and textures-from the exposed brick walls to the breathtaking cityscape views. Har...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1197 SqFt
$305,000
Encore Sotheby's International
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
Unbelievable opportunity in the desirable Lockerbie District of Indy. 2 bed, 2 bath condo with gorgeous updated kitchen & bathrooms, spectacular views, exposed brick on interior walls, large interior storage area, underground parking space, secure entry, ...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1240 SqFt
$279,900
RE/MAX Legends Group

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