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Butler-Tarkington Homes, History, Facts & Photos

The Butler-Tarkington area of Indianapolis is one of the more sought-after places in which to own a home, with its historic architectural styles, strong home prices and rich community life. It is also one of the more historic neighborhoods in the city, with a history dating back to the mid-to-late 19th century.

Map of Butler-Tarkington AreaMap of Butler Tarkington Area of Indianapolis

Butler-Tarkington History

It is also one of the more historic neighborhoods in the city, with a history dating back to the mid-to-late 19th century. Its name was inspired by both Butler University and the famous American novelist Booth Tarkington, who lived at 4270 North Meridian Street from 1923 to 1946.

plaque-at-gate-of-booth-tarkington-houseA Metal Plaque at the Gate of the Booth Tarkington House

Butler University moved from the Irvington area of the city in 1922, when it purchased the land formerly occupied by Fairview Park. This sparked a surge in development, as custom homes began to spring up along Meridian Street and 38th Street, proceeding north and north and west from there. In general, the more affluent homes are situated off Meridian Street. Owning a home in the Butler-Tarkington was considered a symbol of having “arrived.”

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