Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis
Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District
Massachusetts Avenue logo
|Location||Roughly bounded by one block to either side of Massachusetts Ave. from Delaware St. to Interstate 65, Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Architectural style||Art Deco, Islamic, Italianate, Modern Movement, Renaissance Revival, Romanesque, Other|
|NRHP reference #||82000064 (original)|
|Added to NRHP||December 2, 1982|
|Boundary increase||December 4, 2019|
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.
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.
Many notable buildings are located in the district:
- Athenæum: building houses Young Actors Theatre and the Rathskeller Restaurant, the city's oldest restaurant still in operation.
- Murat Centre: is the headquarters of the Indianapolis Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
- Discover Mass Ave website
- Massachusetts Avenue Historic District, National Park Service website
- Mass Ave Photo Essay @ ZapTown
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