The Butler-Tarkington area lies within the northwest quadrant of the old city limits of Indianapolis, bordered by 38th and Meridian Streets and the old Central Canal. It draws its name from Butler University, which relocated to the district in 1928, and Booth Tarkington, a well known Hoosier author who – at one time – maintained his home in the area on Meridian Street. Butler–Tarkington is known for its attractive residential architecture.
Quality home construction, access to amenities and strong community values anchored by Butler University has created a stable neighborhood that has weathered the test of time. Today, Butler-Tarkington maintains an active neighborhood association and is still among the most highly-sought areas of the city.