Herron-Morton Place

Herron-Morton Hero ImageHerron-Morton Place is a historically significant neighborhood situated two miles north of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The neighborhood was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and garnered the protection of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) in 1986.

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Herron-Morton Place Park

Herron-Morton Place Park is located in the middle of the neighborhood on Alabama Street between 19th and 20th. A cornerstone project completed by the Herron-Morton Place Foundation in 2003, the park is an evocative tribute to the neighborhood’s history and spirit.

Visitors will notice a large granite boulder which was a gift by IPS School 45 in 1916 to commemorate Camp Morton, a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. A bronze historic marker also identifies the use of the land during that time.

The park can be reserved for private events and parties. Please email us at herronmortonplacefoundation@gmail.com if you are interested.

HMP Park

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Living in a Historic District

Since its protection by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) in 1986, all structures, both old and new, in Herron-Morton Place are treated as civic assets in architecture. Maintenance, renovation, and new construction of all structures must be reviewed by IHPC. Some projects do not require an application, but many require the property owner to complete an application and obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from IHPC.


The Preservation Plan

The historic preservation guidelines by which the Commission considers applications are unique to Herron-Morton Place, and can be found in the HMP Preservation Plan. (Neighbors commonly refer to this as “the Green Book,” because the print edition was distributed in a green 3-ring binder). 


The Process

To determine if your project requires an application, or to begin a new application for maintenance, renovation, or construction with IHPC, email IHPC@indy.gov. A helpful Architectural Reviewer will be appointed to you. IHPC Staff offer a wealth of knowledge and experience in good design and historic preservation. Completing work without procuring a COA from IHPC could result in fines and a legal requirement to undo or redo work done without a permit. 

The Land Use Committee

The Neighborhood Association also has a Land Use Committee, which participates in proceedings of IHPC as fellow stakeholders. This Committee also partners with IHPC on practices of historic preservation, and meets regularly with applicants of IHPC to review proposals.  To attend a Land Use meeting or participate in this Committee, please email herronmortonplace@gmail.com