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Mass Ave, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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Short for Massachusetts Avenue, Mass Ave is known for its great restaurant scene and high-end condo living, in addition to being the home of many historic sites in town. It's located northeast of Downtown on Mass Ave between Delaware and 10th Streets.

Mass Ave is one of six designated cultural districts in Indianapolis. Located just a few blocks northeast of Monument Circle, Massachusetts Avenue was one of the four original diagonal streets of downtown Indianapolis, which included Indiana, Virginia, and Kentucky. Today it lies at the heart of the city's cultural district, and features some of Indy's most popular theaters and art galleries, as well as a number of shops and fine resturants.

Massachusetts Avenue was originally platted to link to the Pendleton Pike, which reached far into northeast-central Indiana. It was natural for businesses to develop along the route. The Commercial District developed here as an important outlying commercial area that served trolley commuters during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Houses were also built here, but Citizen's Street Railway extended a trolley line down Massachusetts leading the area to all commercial use by the late 1800s, turning Mass Ave into a hotbed of commerce between 1870 and 1930.

Originally a major thoroughfare into and out of the city, that all changed in the 1960s, when construction of the inner loop of I-65 and a bank tower in the 100 block cut off most through traffic. Those working and living here at the time remember a very different Mass Ave than the one found today — one of squalor and depair. By the late '60s, Mass Ave had become home to a seedy mix of drug dealers, gamblers, and vagrants.

Since then, however, merchants have reinvented Mass Ave, gentrifying the neighborhood, and turning it into one of the city's more fashionable addresses, featuring numerous art galleries, restaurants, apartments, condos, and small specialty stores. The district includes a remarkable collection of commercial, industrial, and institutional architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Beginning in 1982, a half-dozen art galleries moved into the area, spurred by low rents. At the time, the idea of using art as a lubricant for economic development was a new idea. In Indianapolis it was part of a broader strategy to revitalize the entire Downtown area.

Mass Ave's first art gallery, Patrick King Contemporary Art, opened in the 400 block, followed by the 431 Gallery, the Cunningham Gallery, Mark Ruschman Gallery, Stollers' Denouement Gallery, the William Engle Gallery, and more. They showcased contemporary art, which appealed to the upscale "Yuppie" of the day. It quickly became Indianapolis' version of New York's SoHo.

What really drew the big crowds were the free wine-and-cheese parties hosted by the galleries. It was the begining of the city's "First Fridays." Today they're spread all over town, but back then, the parties were concentrated in a two-block area.

Today, Massachusetts Avenue, between the 300 and 900 blocks, is one of the liveliest, most fashionable stretches of road anywhwhere, a busy, high-rent entertainment zone that oozes an air of excitement and free-spirited mood that is "45 degrees from ordinary."

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757 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 757 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: 757 Mass Ave Condominiums  
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A VERY UNUSUAL OPPORTUNITY TO CUSTOMIZE FINISHES IN THIS FABULOUS 3BR/3.5BA PENTHOUSE ATOP 757 MASS AVE. IN THE MASS AVE ARTS & THEATRE DISTRICT! This stunning residence inc. 5,000+ SF of exquisite space flooded w. light. Wide open f.pla...
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Flock Realty, Inc.
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Subdivision: Real Silk Lofts  
On a clear day, you can see forever. This stylish, 4th floor condo offers fantastic views of downtown and Mass Ave. Beautifully cared for unit has an open floorplan with huge windows centered by fireplace for cozy views of it all! Bedrooms are on oppos...
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Timing is everything... Most Mill 9 owners aren’t selling lately & that makes this Urban/NYC style Converted Warehouse Penthouse Loft, in the Heart of Downtown, so RARE! The 15ft ceilings, Walls of Windows, Exposed Ducts, Wood Ceilings/Columns and a rec...
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