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.


The area was first populated.


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


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


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.


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.


The Meridian-Kessler neighborhood is distinctive, diverse and vibrant with more than 6,000 homes and more than 18,000 residents


MKNA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the MK Home Tour in October 2023.

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