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Preserving History: The Tinner Park Historic Home in Herron-Morton Place

the renovated tinner park west historic house

If you’ve driven or walked the 1800 block of New Jersey Street in Herron-Morton Place, you’ve probably noticed the dilapidated structure standing isolated on the land that soon will be Tinner Park West by Onyx+East; a community of 38 homes.  Often, we’ve been asked questions like, “What was that building?”, “What’s the plan for that building?”, and, of course, the most common question, “Why don’t you just tear that thing down?”
Part of Onyx+East’s mission is to help transform communities while respecting and preserving the history of the neighborhoods in which we build.  You may be surprised to learn that this building is recognized as an Historic structure by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC).  When Onyx+East purchased this building, we made the commitment to work with the IHPC to protect and restore it in a manner that would preserve its individual historic integrity.  In addition, we wanted the final product to be consistent with other new and revitalized homes found in the Historic Herron-Morton Place neighborhood.
Originally built in the early 1900 by Richard Hutchinson, this building was home to the Morton Place Garage.  Along with another building that no longer exists, it was used to house over 60 cars in need of repair. In 1960, The Hedback Corporation, a heating and cooling equipment company, expanded the buildings for storage.  Onyx+East purchased these buildings in late 2016 from a warehouse company that stored a variety of supplies on the site including items used in Super Bowl XLVI by the media and major networks.  Since then, the storage buildings have been demolished and roads have emerged that will be part of Tinner Park West. Click this link for more information about the Hedback Corporation.

Onyx+East plans to transform the remaining, historic structure into a 3 Bedroom, single family home to be completed by late Summer of 2021.  The home will be over 2600 sq. ft. and will include 3.5 baths, living space for a guest suite or office, and a large, covered rooftop patio which will be perfect for entertaining.  In addition to these unique features, there are also live-work possibilities in this historic home as well as other homes in the community.
Onyx+East is grateful for the opportunity to play a role in preserving this piece of history.  If you would like more information on purchasing this home, please contact us info@onyxandeast.com.

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