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Historic Neighborhoods of Indianapolis- HUNI & Meridian Park

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Virtual presentation on the history, architecture, and historical significance of HUNI and Historic Meridian Park

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Join us for a presentation by Lorraine Vavul on HUNI (Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis) and historic Meridian Park. This virtual program will highlight the architecture and the people who have made and continue to make Historic Meridian Park a great Indianapolis neighborhood.

This event is the first in a new series presented by the Propylaeum focusing on different historic neighborhoods of Indianapolis. From Meridian Place, to Ransom Place, to Lockerbie, and more. Local experts and enthusiasts will discuss the history, architecture, and historical significance neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis and will share photos and stories from past and present.

About HUNI and Meridian Park

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historic Meridian Park (HMP) neighborhood features some of Indianapolis’— and the Midwest’s — best examples of American Arts & Crafts architecture. This tour is part of the Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis (HUNI) Digital Tour Series. It is endorsed by the Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission as an 'Official Indy Bicentennial Community Project.'

This summer HUNI tackled the digitization of 15 historic neighborhood walking and biking tours covering 13 of Indy's historic neighborhoods. These tours talk about significant architecture as well as prominent business and civic leaders within these areas who have shaped our community over the past 200 years. Leading us on this overview & tour is Propylaeum member Lorraine Phillips Vavul. A past president of HUNI, Lorraine has served in numerous leadership roles within HMPNA over the past 25 years and has contributed to several tours and narratives featuring on HMP from the Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, Indiana Landmarks, and the Indiana Historical Society to Midtown Indy Magazine and the Urban Times.

While Meridian Park provided homes for the city’s prominent citizens—such as George Marott, Harrison Eiteljorg, Arthur Bohn, fighter ace Harvey “Weir” Cook, HJ Lacy, Henry Hornbrook, Charles Jewett, and Nellie & George Meier—its abundance of well-maintained Arts and Crafts architecture distinguishes the area from Indy’s other historic neighborhoods. The architecture here clearly reflects the tenets of the American Arts and Crafts movement expounded by such American craftsmen such as Gustav Stickley, Elbert Hubbard, and Greene & Greene. Such qualities as natural materials, simplicity in design, and practicality reflect themselves in the designs of these homes.

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