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Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis

Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District
Massachusetts Avenue logo
Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis
Location Indianapolis, Indiana

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]

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. Many notable buildings are located in the district:

  • Athenæum: building houses the American Cabaret 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.[3]


External links

  • Discover Mass Ave website
  • Massachusetts Avenue Historic District, National Park Service website
  • Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District, National Register of Historic Places
  • Mass Ave Photo Essay @ ZapTown

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