Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis

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Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District
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Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis is located in Indiana
Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis
Location Indianapolis, Indiana
Coordinates 39°46′30″N 86°8′55″W / 39.77500°N 86.14861°W / 39.77500; -86.14861Coordinates: 39°46′30″N 86°8′55″W / 39.77500°N 86.14861°W / 39.77500; -86.14861
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Art Deco, Islamic, Italianate, Modern Movement, Renaissance Revival, Romanesque, Other
Governing body National Register
NRHP Reference # 82000064
Added to NRHP 1982

Massachusetts Avenue, or simply "Mass Ave", is one of six designated cultural districts in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is located just a few blocks northeast of Monument Circle. Massachusetts Avenue was one of the four original diagonal streets of downtown Indianapolis in Alexander Ralston's plan of 1821. Today it lies at the heart of the city's arts district. It offers some of the city's most visible theaters and art galleries as well as a number of shops and eateries.[1]

Massachusetts Avenue, downtown Indianapolis.

Gentrification in the 1990s propelled the area from squalor to one of the city's more fashionable addresses. Currently, redevelopment of Mass Ave focuses on fostering locally-owned shops, theaters, and restaurants.[2]


This city also held the 1992 Mass. Ave fall festival.[citation needed] Many notable buildings are located in the district:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Massachusetts Avenue Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  2. ^ "History". DiscoverMassAve.com. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Massachusetts Avenue Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 

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