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Mass Ave Cultural District in Downtown Indianapolis

Indianapolis downtown‘s Massachusetts Avenue is well-situated for Indianapolis tourism, close to all the major downtown Indianapolis attractions. Simply referred to by locals as Mass Ave, this extraordinary section of Indianapolis is a centerpiece for the arts, Indianapolis culture, eclectic Indianapolis shopping and Indianapolis nightlife.

First conceived in 1821 as an important connector to downtown Indy, Massachusetts Avenue was a busy, vital part of the city, with streetcars and buses servicing the area. During the period between 1870 and 1930, Mass Ave became the place to go to shop and the place to be for commerce. But the advent of Interstate-65 struck a severe blow, since it all but isolated the district.

Aesop's Tables on Mass AveAesop’s Table on Mass Ave

Not willing to allow the Mass Ave sector to wither away, locals started pouring in money, energy and ideas. What they came up with was the Mass Avecultural district as it is today, a vibrant center for the arts, interesting real estate and unusual commerce, with the slogan, “45 degrees from ordinary.” In fact, Mass Ave is the official center for the arts in Indy, due largely to the energetic efforts and productions of the Theatre on the Square.

Mass Ave has its own listing in the National Register of historic places.

Read more about fascinating Mass Ave Cultural District.

Athenaeum on Mass AveAthenaeum on Mass Ave

Care, Don't Care, Public Art on Mass AveCare, Don’t Care, Public Art on Mass Ave

Chatham Home on Mass AveChatham Home on Mass Ave

Chatham Tap on Mass AveChatham Tap on Mass Ave

Chatterbox Jazz Club on Mass AveChatterbox Jazz Club on Mass Ave

Historic Firehouse museum on Mass AveHistoric Firehouse museum on Mass Ave

Flying Cupcake Bakery on Mass AveFlying Cupcake Bakery on Mass Ave

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail runs through Mass AveThe Indianapolis Cultural Trail runs through Mass Ave

A view of the Indianapolis downtown skyline on Mass AveA view of the Indianapolis downtown skyline on Mass Ave

Giant painting of Kurt Vonnegut on Mass AveGiant painting of Kurt Vonnegut on Mass Ave

Mass Ave Toys on Mass AveMass Ave Toys on Mass Ave

Downtown Indianapolis condos on Mass AveDowntown Indianapolis condos on Mass Ave

The Art Bank Indianapolis art gallery on Mass AveThe Art Bank Indianapolis art gallery on Mass Ave

A view of the Old National Center on Mass AveA view of the Old National Center on Mass Ave

People gathering outside Silver in the City on Mass AvePeople gathering outside Silver in the City on Mass Ave

Old Point Tavern on Mass AveOld Point Tavern on Mass Ave

Mural on Mass AveMural on Mass Ave

Silver in the City on Mass AveSilver in the City on Mass Ave

Stout's Shoes on Mass AveStout’s Shoes on Mass Ave

Yats Cajun Restaurant on Mass AveYats Cajun Restaurant on Mass Ave

Public Art in Indianapolis on Mass AvePublic Art in Indianapolis on Mass Ave

Sculpture on Mass AveSculpture on Mass Ave