The newest neighborhoods across the country are trying to create what already exists in St. Clair Place.
What is now called St. Clair Place was platted much the way it is today on real estate maps in 1899. The rectangle formed by Michigan Street to the south, Rural to the east, 10th street to the west and Tecumseh to the west makes up the modern neighborhood.
Why do we reference 1880?
The development of the East Side is not as thoroughly documented as other areas of the city, and we have to rely on data from maps from the period. We know that transportation service, via the Citizen’s Street Railway Company, started in 1864 and the Washington Street streetcar extended to Pogue’s Run by 1866. This development was followed by the Beltline Railroad in 1877-78. The need for tradesmen, operators and service suppliers created a need for housing, which was met by developing the nearby land – and by 1908, maps show the St. Clair neighborhood had filled in considerably. So, our assumption is that the neighborhood had its development roots as early as 1880, corresponding to the need for nearby workers.
In 1908, the only undeveloped area was the 10 acres west of Rural, between 10th and St. Clair Streets. By 1916, however, this tract had been divided and developed and was called St. Clair Place, the name adopted by the entire neighborhood.
You may visit a detailed history at indyeast.org. We hope you enjoy studying the rich heritage of St. Clair Place.
After enduring decades of people moving away from the city circle, St. Clair Place is now in a perfect position to reinvigorate itself. To accommodate the re-growth of the neighborhood, there have been several large infrastructure projects, the most important of which are the green alleyways, which actually absorb and re-channel rainfall so it doesn’t go into the sanitary sewer. In addition, the neighborhood will also feature sunken gardens (to catch even more rainfall) and feature urban gardens and sustainable green building practices. Of the original 900 parcels, many are still in wonderful shape, and the neighborhood association is very active in bringing the vacant parcels up to the same standards. Thanks in part to the 2012 Super Bowl Legacy Project, St. Clair is becoming even richer in amenities and social services.
THE CHASE NEAR EASTSIDE LEGACY CENTER
The housing development is focused on sustainability and is spurred by assistance from a variety of sources, including I•AD and MIBOR. Every effort is being made to preserve the best of what already exists in St. Clair. Classic homes are being restored – and if they are not in condition to undergo restoration, a new home passing architectural review is being built on the site of the former home.