NEIGHBORHOOD

This collection of historic neighborhoods here on the southeast side of Indianapolis covers about five square miles and has, for over a hundred years, lent itself to a vibrant district of homes, commercial establishments, churches, community organizations, and manufacturers.

The area, split by I-65 and I-70, gives us easy vehicle access to the entire Indianapolis region. And while major Indy Go bus lines cross the neighborhood, the area is both highly walkable and bicycle friendly with grocery shopping, affordable dining, banking and browsing at the library branch and retail shops close by.

BATES-HENDRICKS

This spot is one of the oldest residential areas in the entire county and it’s named after the historic mansion that’s at the center of it, a mansion at which Mr. Abraham Lincoln himself once spent the night. Bates-Hendricks is located south of I-70, north of Beecher Street, west of I-65, and east of Madison Avenue.

FLETCHER PLACE

Established by Calvin Fletcher in the mid-1800s, this entire neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area displays a fine example of Indianapolis’ history with an array of restored homes in a variety of distinctive architectural styles and organized around a strong neighborhood association.

FOUNTAIN SQUARE

Fountain Square exhibits a commercial and cultural sense making it a focal point not only for the Southeast but the entire city of Indianapolis.  It remains as one of the oldest intact commercial districts of the city and the present location of many restaurants, art galleries, and antique stores. Friends and FACT serve as their active neighborhood association.

FOUNTAIN SQUARE VILLAGE

Fountain Square Village, located south of Fountain Square, between Pleasant Run Parkway and Raymond Street, is home to many of our area churches and schools making it primarily a residential neighborhood.

SECO

The Southeast Community Organization, founded in 1994, is an active neighborhood organization bounded by Southeastern on the north, State Street on the east, Prospect Street on the south, and Keystone Avenue on the west. SECO is also home to a 750,000 square-foot facility for Redcats, USA, a leading distributor and retailer of various consumer goods that employs many SECO residents.

IRISH HILL

The early 1800s witnessed an influx of working-class Irish immigrants that settled in Indianapolis resulting in the establishment of the Southeast’s Irish Hill neighborhood. These early residents were known for their hard work, political interests, and religious devotion. Today, the Irish still represent one of Indianapolis’ largest ethnic groups.

TWIN AIRE

Twin Aire, a 1950s era residential and commercial district, hosts a grocery store, laundry, hardware and bank. Twin Aire sits on the eastern end of Southeast neighborhood, where it borders the former Citizen’s Gas plant. The community is working to rejuvenate this brownfield into a successful commercial and light industrial site that supports thriving residential life.

NORTH SQUARE

North Square, home to the award-winning LEED headquarters of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, is just north of the Fountain Square business district. This six-block section of small cottages is in the midst of extensive rehabilitation led by the hardworking residents who are making extensive efforts to revive and beautify this quaint neighborhood.

WECAN

West and East of Churchman Avenue Neighbors (WECAN), a young and energetic association focused on the revival of this particular area in the southeast neighborhoods, is bordered by Prospect Street on the north, Keystone Avenue on the east, Pleasant Run Parkway on the south, and State Street on the east. The residents here have worked hard to improve beautification, crime and safety, and infrastructure. In 2010, their efforts were rewarded by the Fuller Center Legacy Build with the construction of 10 new homes on St. Paul Street.