Our History

For nearly a century, Meridian-Kessler has provided us with an unmatchable place to live, work, shop, play, learn and grow.

This neighborhood is distinctive, diverse and vibrant. The Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association works hard to ensure the neighborhood’s rich history, vibrant present and exciting future are maintained and valued.

1820

The area was first populated.

1880

The first platted neighborhoods began to appear, and the population was approximately 2,500.

1900

The entire area was platted and incorporated into the City of Indianapolis.

1960

Encouraged by Rev. Gerald Johnson of the [then] Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, a group of residents “deeply devoted to our area and to justice,” met to discuss the formation of a neighborhood group that would encourage a diverse mix of residents.

1965

The name of the new association—the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood, based on two of the boundary streets—was coined at that time.

Large posters were distributed to the area shopping corners inviting everyone to the first general meeting on June 2, 1965.

2020

The Meridian-Kessler neighborhood is distinctive, diverse and vibrant with more than 6,000 homes and 15,000 residents

  • "We love the homes, the walkability, the sense of community, IHM and the easy access to so many outstanding small businesses and restaurants."

    Matthew
  • "What I love most about MK is the diversity! I can live, work and play right here in my community - while meeting a variety of people with a variety of views that all value this great community."

    Lesley
  • "The MK 2020 Home Tour aims to have 20 showstopping homes, both large and small - on the tour in June. Let your home be one of those to welcome all into our neighborhood."

    Chelsea
  • "I love being in a historic neighborhood that is walkable and full of character. We chose Meridian-Kessler as the place to start our family."

    Dominic
  • "As a life-long resident of MKNA, I am thrilled with the diversity of neighbors and the renewal of MKNA as well as the surrounding areas.  New and old neighbors are forming wonderful relationships that strengthen our neighborhood.  I particularly enjoy the Home Tour which highlights our vast variety of architecture (residential and commercial) and celebrates the history of MKNA."

    Molly
  • "What I love most about Meridian-Kessler are the neighbors.  As you drive through out neighborhood you can see the diversity in the homes which is very similar to the diversity to our neighbors, all who are trying to find ways to make Meridian Kessler a better place to live, work and play."

    John
  • "I have enjoyed getting to know neighbors who serve on the MKNA Board.  The energy is contagious working together for a common cause.  I especially enjoy getting to know our young professionals who bring a new energy to the group."

    Denise
  • "I love living in Meridian-Kessler because it's such a diverse community, with so much to do. We live in a particularly walkable part of the neighborhood, which makes raising a family even more wonderful."

    Emma
  • "It’s only been a few months, but it’s already clear that (a) the board really cares about making things better and (b) our neighbors are caring and passionate about the neighborhood."

    Pablo
  • "What's not to love?  From the architecture to the people - variety is at it's best here in MK!  We love that! We've lived in cookie-cutter neighborhoods, and that was fine, yet my husband and I much prefer the uniqueness all around us.  The other thing we love is the walkability. We meet so many people.  Front porches make that possible too.  We've lived in some pretty amazing places throughout this country, and Indianapolis' Meridian-Kessler neighborhood has, by far, been the best for us! "

    Kimberley
  • "I love M-K diversity from housing to businesses to trees & sidewalks!  I love the way our neighbors care for and are involved in the area. We are proud of and dedicated to preserving a safe & friendly place to live."

    Denise

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