Julia Carson home could receive landmark status

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Indiana Landmarks wants to nominate the Indianapolis home of late Congresswoman Julia Carson for the National Register of Historic Places.

The historic preservation group announced Tuesday it has awarded a $1,450 grant, to be matched by Carson’s son, Samuel, who now owns the house, to fund the nomination process.

Carson was the first woman and first African-American to represent Indiana’s 7th District, and served in Congress from 1997 until her death in 2007. She previously was a state senator and state representative.

Carson for decades lived in the 1913 Arts and Crafts house on North Park Avenue in Fall Creek Place.

Indiana Landmarks also is nominating the Riverside Drive neighborhood for the National Register. Adjacent to Riverside Park, the proposed district on the city’s near-north side is bounded by 21st and 29th streets to the south and north, and Riverside Drive and Harding Street, to the west and east.

Listing in the federal register makes properties eligible for incentives for restoration, including a state tax credit available to homeowners and a federal credit for owners of income-producing property.

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