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Lockefield Gardens

Summary of History and Significance

The Lockefield Gardens apartment complex was a Public Works Administration (PWA) project built between 1935-38.   The intent was three-fold: it provided jobs in the construction industry, cleared an area of substandard housing and replaced it with new public housing.  It was exclusively for low-income blacks in Indianapolis. The design and plan provided residents with decent, safe, sanitary, and uncrowded dwellings at a low cost.  It incorporated accessible public features including: thirteen play areas, four larger playgrounds, an elementary school, shops, and an aesthetically landscaped mall.  Lockefield Gardens was a national example for public housing built thereafter.  The complex was closed in 1976, and a number of structures were demolished in the early 1980's.  Today, the only structures remaining are those along Blake Street.

Address Ranges

850-998 Indiana Ave. 601-999 Locke St. (odd numbers only)
901-999 W. 10th St. 
(odd numbers only)
820-936 W. North St. (odd numbers only)
600-912 Blake St. 818-936 W. Walnut St.
600-824 Johnston St. 
(even numbers only)

Pictures

Lockefield Gardens (1935-1938)