1704 Bellefontaine St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Herron-Morton Place

National Register of Historic Places
In 1983 Herron-Morton was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Herron-Morton Place

Herron-Morton Place a wonderful blend of historical and modern. Many new homes have been built alongside historic houses that showcase spectacular examples of Classical Revival, Queen Anne, and Tudor Revival style.

In 1859 the area was developed for the Indiana State Fair, but when the Civil War began, it was requisitioned by Governor Oliver Morton for use as an induction encampment and named Camp Morton. The second namesake of the neighborhood is John Herron, whose estate funded numerous projects including the John Herron Art Institute, founded in 1902.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Herron-Morton Place was one of Indianapolis’s most sought-after neighborhoods, home to business leaders, artists, physicians, and politicians. Then, throughout the late 1930s, the neighborhood slowly began to deteriorate as the affluent continued to move ever farther north, causing the area to undergo a period of decay. Although many of the original homes were lost to fire and neglect over the years, many remain. The deterioration of the past has ceased, and Herron-Morton is once again a thriving, prosperous neighborhood.

Since 1983, when Herron-Morton was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its community has worked hard to preserve and improve their neighborhood. The community holds several fundraising events to maintain their historic Herron-Morton Place Park. In September, the community gathers for Oktoberfest that caters to a range of tastes in local food, beer, and music. Herron-Morton also hosts a bi-annual home tour, and a yearly family-friendly event called Rock ‘N’ Romp to keep their park and neighborhood in excellent condition.

Herron-Morton Place community chooses to support its local and regional art scene. What was once the Herron School of Art is now Herron High School, a classical liberal arts charter school that attracts students from throughout the city. The neighborhood has also hosted the Talbot Street Art Fair since 1950. Each June the juried art fair gathers more than 270 artists from across the country.