About The Neighborhood
EST. 1891 MONON YARD Neighborhood
The Monon Yard Neighborhood is only footsteps away from the Monon Trail and just minutes away from the Children's Museum, State Fairgrounds, Bottleworks District, Indianapolis Cultural Trail, and Downtown Indy. The Monon Yard Neighborhood has prided itself on creating a family friendly and welcoming neighborhood since its establishment back in 1891.
The Monon Yard Neighborhood was originally platted by John Sutherland, who purchased land on both sides of Fall Creek at what is now known as College Avenue. It is here where he built an Inn. In 1869, Sutherland divided the purchased land into 30-acre lots to be passed down to the next generation. Mary E. Reid Sutherland Losey (granddaughter-in-law of Sutherland) sold a portion of her lots to Addison H. Nordyke and Amos K. Hollowell in 1889.
By 1891, Nordyke and Hollowel filed their plans for the Nordyke and Hollowell's Grandview Addition to the city. From 1891-1898 the south end of the neighborhood was built. As more houses were being built, more people were migrating to the area. By 1895, businesses were starting to pop up - from bakery's to grocery stores to lumber yards.
Since 1895, many things have changed - from businesses, to new churches, and a newly diverse crowd of people. In 1970's, the once well-known Nordyke and Hollowell's Grandview Addition had its first name change to the Friends and Neighbors Neighborhood Association. In 2011 the association launched its Facebook page, and by 2014, the Northeast Corridor quality of Life Plan had begun. To help showcase the pull to the neighborhood, the association voted in 2016 to change its name to the Monon Yard Neighborhood Association and in 2021 the Association launched mononyardindy.org.
Source: What a Grandview! History of Nordyke & Hollowell's Grandview Addition to the City of Indianapolis (1891-2014). Compiled and published by Dolores R. Wisdom. October 2014.
A huge thank you is extended to Dolores Wisdom, once a long time resident of our neighborhood, for her hard work writing What a Grandview! Dolores' hard work uncovering the history of our Neighborhood made sharing the rich history easier. Are you eager to learn more about our history? Buy a copy today!
Today the Monon Yard Neighborhood is a vibrant, developing neighborhood along the popular Monon Trail and a hidden gem in a thriving metropolitan city. As we continue to grow we are excited about the possibilities presented in the 25th & Monon vision plan as well as the proposed Monon 30 development.
As time has passed, the looks, some businesses, and the neighborhood's name have changed, but the core beliefs of the neighborhood have not; we still believe in cultivating friendship among neighbors.