The National Register-listed Flanner House Homes Historic District in Indianapolis faces threats on two sides. The district’s 181 houses were built between 1950 and 1959 through an innovative self-help cooperative. African American families, who found it hard to secure conventional mortgages in the segregated city, helped build their own homes. More than half are still owned by the builders or their descendants. Meijer wants to acquire and demolish 35 of the Flanner House Homes in its bid to build a massive store on city-owned land north of the district. Inside the southern border of the area, the original Phillips Temple sits vacant. Indianapolis Public Schools owns the 1924 African American landmark and wants to demolish it for parking. The Flanner House Homes district represents hard-won heritage that deserves respect, recognition, and protection.
For more information contact:
Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services
Flanner House Homes second-generation resident