I met with Paul Diebold of the Indiana State Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology today concerning a potential National Register nomination for the Riverside Drive neighborhood on Indianapolis’ near westside. He assured me that it is eligible and helped set some boundaries for this large district (roughly 390 homes!). Riverside is a beautiful residential area that runs along Riverside Park. Most of the homes appear to date from the 1900’s through the 1920’s. There is a large variety of architecture and the neighborhood is somewhat unique for the large amount of glacier boulders incorporated into the properties, including the home exteriors, front porches and even retaining walls. Additionally, it has several streets containing decorative parkways and traffic circles, that appear connected to the Kessler plan for urban beautification in the area dating from the early 1900’s.
As I begin to collect photos and documents concerning this project, I’ll create a project page to showcase everything. Stay tuned!