Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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April 29, 2014

Walking tours of historic Indianapolis offered

Each Thursday in May, Indiana Landmarks partners with Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis (HUNI) to offer walking tours in an established Indianapolis neighborhood.

On May 1, the walking tour will come to Speedway. Walkers are invited to explore Old Speedway and learn about the four founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — James A. Allison, Frank Wheeler, Arthur Newby and Carl Fisher.

On May 8, the group will visit Cottage Home, featuring turned posts and spindles, gingerbread trim porches, brackets, and fishscale shingles.

Walking through Meridian Park on May 15 will highlight an early 20th-century neighborhood of spacious homes in the Arts and Crafts, Tudor, Colonial Revival and American Four-Square styles.

On May 22, the group will walk the city’s first locally designated historic district and home to Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley in Lockerbie Square.

Finally, they will visit the Old Northside on May 29, designated as a historic district in the late 1970s and rebounding as homeowners bought, restored, and built compatible new designs on vacant lots.

The walks feature the history of the area, neighborhood revitalization, and a variety of house styles. Participants can see the interior of a local home and average sale prices will be available.

Each 90-minute tour begins at 6 p.m., led by Indiana Landmarks and a resident of the neighborhood. Cost is $10 per person (discounted to $5 for local residents of the tour neighborhood).

The capacity for tours is limited. Registration may be done online at https://neighborhoodtours.eventbrite.com or by calling Indiana Landmarks at 636-5409. The registration site provides the starting point for each tour, and recommendations for after-tour dining and cocktailing.

For more information, visit the website at www.indianalandmarks.org/tours.

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