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There are several exciting cultural attractions found within the neighborhoods of King Park. From festivals to museums, theater to fitness; there is something for everyone.
Harrison Center for the Arts
A powerful force for cultural development in Indianapolis and a model for community arts, education and urban revitalization, the Harrison Center for the Arts is home to many local artists. The center, located on the border of the Old Northside and Herron-Morton Place, offers a unique atmosphere for exhibits and community gatherings. Attached to the Center facing Delaware Street is the City Gallery, which serves as a physical location where people can learn more about the city and our neighborhoods.
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
The President Benjamin Presidential Site is the former residence of President Benjamin Harrison (1889 to 1893) and is located in the Old Northside Neighborhood of Indianapolis. This museum is dedicated to his achievements and his impact on United States history. The mission of the President Benjamin Harrison Foundation is to increase public understanding of, appreciation for, and participation in the American system of self government through the life stories of an American President.
Old Centrum-Indiana Landmarks
Indiana Landmarks with the help off the Cook family took on the extensive renovation of the Old Centrum building. The renovation of the Romanesque Revival structure, built in 1891 and 1900 as the Central Avenue Episcopal Methodist Church and known in recent years as the Old Centrum. Indiana Landmarks has installed its headquarters in the 1922 office wing of the complex, along with the main lobby for the interconnected nineteenth-century sections.
The 50-year-old nonprofit organization adapted the older sections –including the original sanctuary, Sunday school and banquet hall – as venues for expanded preservation programs as well as musical performances, corporate and cultural events and weddings. The 450-seat former sanctuary, called the Grand Hall, has become an elegant theater with stenciled walls, a domed ceiling and high-tech lighting effects. In Cook Theater–the former Sunday school wing – rooms on two levels overlook the main space, which has a proscenium stage. For tour or rental information please visit Indiana Landmarks.
Talbot Street Art Fair
Since 1956, our community has been home to the Talbot Street Art Fair. Located on Talbot Street within the Herron-Morton Place neighborhood of King Park, the art fair attracts over 200 artists exhibiting some of the best work in the country.
Started back in 1955, Footlite Musicals continues to offer the best of Broadway. The theater presents seven productions a year with a new show on stage about every six weeks. The theater also boasts a beautiful two-manual, eleven-rank Page Theatre pipe organ, one of only a few left in the United States. Footlite is conveniently located in downtown Indianapolis at the corner of 19th and Alabama streets in the center of the historic Herron-Morton Place neighborhood.
On the eastern border of King Park Area Development Corporation's traditional service area, the Monon Trail is an urban greenway linking commercial districts, schools, parks, the state fairgrounds and dozens of residential neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Whether riding bikes, walking, jogging or just stopping to enjoy nature, the Monon Trail is perhaps one of the busiest urban greenways in the nation.
Morris-Butler House Museum
Immerse yourself in the rich elegance of the Victorian era at the 1865 Morris-Butler House located within the Old Northside Neighborhood of Indianapolis. Tours, events, and exhibits at the museum highlight architecture, decorative arts, and family life in the nineteenth century. From the dramatic formal parlor to the private living quarters, you’ll see how an upper-middle-class family and their servants lived in the Victorian era. Rare furnishings fill rooms adorned with stenciled ceilings and elaborate wall-paper and plasterwork. In addition to its magnificent architecture, the museum contains a collection of nineteenth-century sculptures, paintings and lithographs from all over the world.