Meridian Street Foundation

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About the Meridian Street Foundation

The Meridian Street Foundation (MSF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 1960.  Our first order of business is to help support the preservation of the historic, scenic, and aesthetic character of North Meridian Street between Westfield Boulevard and 40th Street (Primary Preservation Area; the North Meridian Street Historic District) and the surrounding area in which it lies (Secondary Preservation Area).

Bylaws of the Foundation are here.

Our Mission

The Foundation’s chief purposes are maintenance and improvement of existing health, safety, and ecological standards, and the preservation of the architectural, historic, and aesthetic significance of residential North Meridian Street and the neighborhood in which it lies.

MSF House - Photo by Marg HerderMSF Houses - Photo by Marg Herder

Meridian Street Foundation Membership

MSF members are residents of single or multiple family residential dwellings located in the MSF Area, which includes all homes bordering on and served by North Meridian Street, west side of N. Pennsylvania Street, and east side of N. Illinois Street, from the southern boundary of 40th Street to the northern boundary of Westfield Boulevard and all east/west streets and alleys between these boundaries (MSF Area is within blue boundary on the boundary map). The area consists of approximately 700 households.  All residents in the MSF Area are encouraged to join MSF; learn how to join.  The Foundation’s board is made up of volunteer members from the MSF Area.   Members may also serve on one or more committees in order to meet the mission of the Foundation.

Learn more about Meridian Street Foundation membership, join, or renew your membership here.

The Meridian Street Preservation Commission (MSPC; formed by state statute in 1971) governs the Preservation Areas.

The Main Stem Book Cover

The Main Stem

The History & Architecture of North Meridian Street 

Read the book written about North Meridian Street, Meridian Street: The Main Stem of Indianapolis. Meridian Street has been called one of America’s great streets. Its reputation as a prestigious residential address began in the nineteenth century and continues today in the North Meridian Street Historic District. The authors examine how the street gained its reputation, beginning with an overview of its development from the 1820s. They quickly focus on the historic district and the 173 houses, one church, and one apartment building that line Meridian from 40th Street to Westfield Boulevard.” – Amazon.com

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The Main Stem: The History & Architecture of North Meridian Street was written by David J. Bodenhamer, with photos by Marsh Davis