Noblesville Commercial Historic District

Roughly bounded by Clinton, 10th, Maple and 8th Sts., Noblesville, Indiana

Twenty square block district surrounding the courthouse



The centerpiece of the district, even if not exactly in the center.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2016




Located 22 miles northeast of Indianapolis, Noblesville is probably the fastest growing community in Indiana. Although the growth can be attributed to suburban development, the city maintains its own personality based on a long and prosperous history. The commercial area is built around the county courthouse. Except for modern expansion of the county government west of the courthouse, the downtown area maintains a quaint appearance and atmosphere.

According to the original application for inclusion of the district on the National Register of Historic Places, the original period of significance ran up to the depression. The June 1933 edition of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlas was used for documenting contributing and non-contributing structures. Buildings that have been constructed since publication of the atlas, or structures that have undergone considerable modifications since that date are considered non-contributing to the district.

The map used for determining those buildings is shown here. For more information about the district and the history of the contributing buildings, follow the link below in "Sources" to access the application.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 19, 1991
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Renaissance; Victorian: Gothic; Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Courthouse; Business
Current functions
Business; Courthouse
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 54
Non-contributing buildings: 10
Non-contributing objects: 2


Brick (42,466)
Cast iron (375)
District (10,645)
Edwin May (5)
Gothic (1,441)
Hamilton County, Indiana (31)
Indiana (2,180)
Italianate (5,122)
Noblesville, Indiana (15)
Renaissance (1,333)
Sandstone (4,860)
Slate (5,715)
Victorian (19,703)
William R. Parsons (1)

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos